By Hollister Dixon
In the midst of the band’s 40th anniversary, legendary New Jersey Band The Feelies have announced that they have completed the recording of In Between, their first album since 2011’s Here Before, to be released on Bar/None Records on February 24th.
Feelies Founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million recently sat down with Impose Magazine to talk about the exciting new direction of In Between:
“On the new record we did a lot of it at my house in my home studio with extra equipment, explains Glenn Mercer. “It’s the same room where we rehearsed. We’ve been here since we reformed and a little bit prior to taking the hiatus in the 90’s. So it’s a room we’re really familiar with and feel comfortable in. We also did some recording at an engineer’s studio, so it was all done very low key. We refer to it as “off the clock” when you’re not paying an hourly rate, so in that sense it was a lot more relaxed. I don’t think anyone would notice a drastic change in the sound or the vibe of the record. I think it sounds a lot more relaxed and laid back.”
“I think all of our albums reflect a certain degree of reaction to the work that we previously did and In Between is no exception,” continues Bill Million. “We liked the sounds and the feel of the demos for this album and we thought it would be difficult to capture that in a recording studio. So that was our starting point and it evolved in a much more relaxed way that loaned itself to more creative interplay. Time wasn’t a component. If you let it, music can take on a life of its own and we wanted to allow the songs to develop with that idea in mind.”
Further details about the album’s release are still unknown, but you can expect that more will be announced in the coming months. In Between also helps mark the band’s 40th(!) anniversary, though they disbanded in 1992, only to reunite in 2008 with drummer Stan Demeski, bassist Brenda Sauter, and percussionist Dave Weckerman.