The group has set a Sept. 18 release date for "Bitchin'," which will be issued by its own Purple Feather label through Red Eye. It's the Donnas' first release since parting with Atlantic after two alb
The Donnas have unveiled additional details about their new album and label, first tipped by Billboard last month. The group has set a Sept. 18 release date for "Bitchin'," which will be issued by its own Purple Feather label through Red Eye. It's the Donnas' first release since parting with Atlantic after two albums.
"I wouldn't say we did much of anything different [on 'Bitchin'"] after leaving Atlantic, though it helped that we had more time than we've ever had before to write it. It was very liberating not to have a deadline," bassist Maya Ford tells Billboard.com.
The set was produced by Jay Ruston and features the all-girl band's signature big guitar riffs and sing-along choruses. The punk style of "Girl Talk" is a return to the Donnas' earliest songs, while tracks like "Here for the Party" ring of bands like Motley Crue and Def Leppard.
Ford particularly likes "What Do I Have to Do," one of the album's fastest tracks, containing the lyric, "I'm being way too nice/you're being cold as ice." "It's about this guy who was torturing me," Ford says. "It was a good way to get the whole thing off my chest. We all need a little turbulence in our life."
The band will be supporting the record with a headlining tour kicking off Sept. 16. "That was our original love anyway," says drummer Torry Castellano. "We may have been in a lot of magazines and we pride ourselves on putting out good records, but we win over the most hearts at our live set."
The group last released "Gold Medal" in October 2004, which has sold 87,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Donnas' best-selling record, 2002's "Spend the Night," has moved 424,000.