Lemonheads Inks With Vagrant, New Album In Works

Evan Dando and his band the Lemonheads have signed with Vagrant Records. The act's first new album in a decade is nearly complete and is being penciled in for a late September release.

Evan Dando and his band the Lemonheads have signed with Vagrant Records. The act's first new album in a decade is nearly complete and is being penciled in for a late September release. The group is now a trio, featuring Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez.

After achieving mainstream success in the early 1990s with albums like "It's a Shame About Ray" and "Come on Feel the Lemonheads," Dando disbanded the group following 1996's "Car Button Cloth," which sold just 91,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

He then vanished from music for several years amid struggles with substance abuse, resurfacing in 2001 to tour and release the live album "Live at the Brattle Theatre/Griffith Sunset." His first solo studio release, "Baby, I'm Bored," followed in 2003.

In the past year, the Lemonheads have played sporadic live dates, but a spokesperson says the group will tour extensively in support of the as-yet-untitled new album, which was recorded in Stevenson's Colorado studio.

Dando joins the Futureheads and the Hold Steady as key new additions to the Vagrant roster, which is also home to Dashboard Confessional, Eels and the Alkaline Trio.