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The Wrens Return With a New Song, “An Irish Exit”


By Hollister Dixon

It’s been so long since we’ve heard from New Jersey’s The Wrens. They’ve been teasing their long-awaited followup to 2003’s The Meadowlands since 2014, but we’ve only gotten occasional bits of music from them. Why the album has taken so long to be finished is something we may never know, but we do have our first big bite of the album.

On Wednesday, on the Wrens’ Twitter account, frontman Charles Bissell responded to someone asking about a surprise release of their new record by saying, “thinking about it, though I can’t drop album (much as I’d love to be done w/ it all), fuck it, I’ll post a song later today.” It took a couple extra days, but he made good on this promise on Friday by dropping a mostly instrumental demo of a song called “An Irish Exit”, as well as a nice long note about the song, his motivation for releasing it, and updating everyone on the status of their fourth LP. You can check that out below.

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Episode 128: Revival With Jose Medeles

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Big thanks to Jose Medeles for joining us this week! You can listen to this week’s episode above, and download it right here.


  • In this episode, we shine our spotlight on Jose Medeles, owner of Revival Drum Shop and leader of 1939 Ensemble, and talk with him about his creative process, his history as a musician, and the reasons he decided to open a drum shop in Portland.


  • The Wrens – “Three Types of Reading Ambiguity”
  • 1939 Ensemble – “Circles”
  • Mikal Cronin – “Made My Mind Up”
  • Elvis Costello – “(I Don’t Wanna Go To) Chelsea”

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