Album from The Feelies out now

After a 19 year break, the Feelies are back with Here Before an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. The new album touches on different styles from the Feelies’ long history while adding new grooves and musical ideas to the mix. Electric and acoustic guitars melt together in archetypal Feelies fashion on songs like “Nobody Knows” and “Should be Gone. “ Elsewhere there are slabs of driving garage rock like “When You Know” and  “Time Is Right” and the down-tempo ”Bluer Skies,” and harmonically rich  “Later On.” Here Before was recorded at Water Music in Hoboken,  produced by Feelies founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million. Besides Glenn on rhythm/lead guitar and lead vocals, and Bill on guitar and vocals, the album features Feelies mainstays Brenda Sauter (bass, vocals), Stanley Demeski (drums), and Dave Weckerman (percussion).

The Feelies were one of the most zealously touted acts on the highly competitive late 70s New York scene and underground heroes in their native New Jersey.  They were signed to the trendsetting British label Stiff and released their debut album Crazy Rhythms in 1980. Six years later they released The Good Earth, co-produced by Million, Mercer and REM’s Peter Buck, followed by two further releases  Only Life (1988) and Time For A Witness (1991).  In 1992 Bill Million left the music business, moving his family to Florida and effectively putting the band on what turned out to be a very long hiatus.

In 2008, the Feelies re-united to open for long time admirers Sonic Youth at Battery Park and then resurrected their tradition of playing low key gigs around national holidays (many at their old home base, Maxwell’s) rather than doing lengthy tours.