A whole bunch of untitled songs is what Tapes 'N Tapes singer/guitarist Josh Grier has at this stage of writing the band's next album, which will hopefully be recorded in June and tentatively released
A whole bunch of untitled songs is what Tapes 'N Tapes singer/guitarist Josh Grier has at this stage of writing the band's next album, which will hopefully be recorded in June and tentatively released in the fall.
"None of the songs have been played live so far," Grier tells Billboard.com. "I've been holding off and wanted to get to the point where I was comfortable with them and liked how they were sounding."
That will change next month when the Minneapolis quartet hits the road for a headlining club tour, which begins April 16 in Columbia, Mo., and also includes a Coachella date. When asked if he's concerned about any of the new material finding its way onto the Internet, Grier laughs, "There's only so much you can control. I think that's part of the reason why we waited until this tour to play the new stuff, because I wanted to make sure we had the lyrics written so I wasn't just mumbling words."
Recorded in 2005 and released by XL Recordings last year, the outfit's debut effort, "The Loon," was described as an indie rock lover's dream flecked by the sounds of Pavement and the Pixies. As far as the next project, if Grier knows where Tapes 'N Tapes is headed, he's playing it tight to his vest.
"I think we always try to have each song be its own personality and its own sound so I'm sure there will be some stuff on there that doesn't have the same type of songs that we played before," Grier says. "That's what we always go for, to try out new stuff, so I think it'll sound like us. It's pretty much the same group of guys but I'm sure there's going to be, at least for us, a songwriting growth."
The upcoming tour is sponsored by 2K Sports, which featured the Tapes 'N Tapes song "Insistor" on the in-game soundtrack to the new "Major League Baseball 2K7" videogame.
"A couple weeks after we agreed to have our song on the videogame they asked us what we would think about them sponsoring us on tour," Grier told Billboard in an earlier interview. "We are all big [Minnesota] Twins fans, so it was like, 'Sweet, a baseball videogame -- that's right up our alley.'"