The Wrens have finally finished their new album?
The most anticipated album of all time, The Wrens' follow-up to their 2003 release, The Meadowlands, appears to be finally complete...
just finished my last vocal, so um..hope you're sitting down...record's done. One week mixing then handed all to mastering BY Mothers' Day.— the wrens (@thewrens) May 1, 2014
Fans who have been hanging on every scrap of social engagement over the past few months would have, somewhat, expected this glorious day to finally come, seeing as the actual momentum of the recording — after years of feeble "maybe this year", "remember Meadowlands?", "we're commuting for seven hours a day from Jersey to New York" updates) — definitely seems to have picked up in 2014.
Whilst the band started (or re-started) the record process for the as-yet-still-untitled album* in 2010, it seemed to kick into gear last year, possibly off the back of The Meadowlands' 10-year anniversary.
* Apparently the early rumoured titles of Funeral and Abbey Road were as 'jokey' as they seemed.
In an August, 2013 interview with Grantland, frontman Charles Bissell confirmed the record; a) existed and; b) was on it's way to completion:
In September, 2013 Pitchfork ran a fantastic feature piece on the the band's history, although information about the new record still didn't seem any closer to being confirmed.
A live rendition of Leaves from 2010:
And 2013 ended with very little optimism. From a December 31, 2013 Facebook post - "have worked on this record daily since July 15th, 2010. So for PRECISELY the 1,265th time, 'that sorta blew. Time for bed'."
But, 2014 kicked off with a new, refreshed tone. Facebook Wren (that is, whichever member operates their page), posted regular updates (and LOLs) as the recording process wrapped up...
January 2, 2014 - "Happiest of New Years, all. I really feel like 2005 is the year it all comes together for us. Thaaaaat's right, it's the trotting out of the 9th Annual Wtens New Years Joke Show Pony."
January 17, 2014 - "I think the 3 1/2 years we've spent demo'ing this album is gonna pay off in spades in how fast it'll go once we start official recording."
February 26, 2014 - "Have decided to save the cost of a publicist and just title the new record 9.8 (Pitchfork)."
February 27, 2014 - "have I mentioned that at this point in recording - that is to say, years into it and nearing completion - I become completely fearful and paranoid of fire, theft, flood and the like? So with the last album, recorded on ADAT's, I simply stopped leaving the house save for work. With this one, recorded on your modern computing platforms, I merely travel everywhere with hard drives on my back in a sack. I basically look like the cover of Led Zeppelin IV. But carrying hard drives."
February 28, 2014 - "Another song finished, final-mixed and sent off to mastering. I think 2004 is gonna be our year."
March 13, 2014 - "hope to see you at SxSW. But unless the view from the top of the hilly street near me in Brooklyn is better than I think, I probably won't."
April 1, 2014 - "I think you know what my status update today will be..."
April 15, 2014 - "a little weird to have worked on a song, off & on but pretty intensely when on, for some four years, and then whip through the lead vocal, the thing most people are going to be considering 'the song', in about an hour. But so be it, another one down..."
And now what?
Assuming the weekend mixing deadline is met, mastering should commence next week. But then, with their former label, Absolute Kosher, remaining on an indefinite hiatus and the band's disruptive history with The Suits there's a chance us fans could be in for an even more frustrating wait — record label support.
But, then again, maybe the band have a solo route (Bandcamp, mega.co.nz) already mapped out, as they seem more confident than ever the album will (finally!) actually be released before the year is out...
@RealEarthMother it'll definitely be 2014. Now, back to editing trumpets...— the wrens (@thewrens) May 2, 2014