Soft Boys Resurface 'Nextdoor'
Reformed new wave pioneers Soft Boys have set a Sept. 24 release date for a new album, their first in 22 years, on Matador Records. The set, titled "Nextdoorland," will be the first Soft Boys full-lenReformed new wave pioneers Soft Boys have set a Sept. 24 release date for a new album, their first in 22 years, on Matador Records. The set, titled "Nextdoorland," will be the first Soft Boys full-length since 1980's watershed "Underwater Moonlight" (Armageddon). The new album will be available on CD and limited-edition LP, the latter packaged with a bonus 7" single.
The current lineup of Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew, Matthew Seligman, and Morris Windsor -- the same quartet that made "Underwater Moonlight" -- is planning to tour North America in October in support of "Nextdoorland," according to Matador's official Web site. Frontman Hitchcock's official Web site already lists an Oct. 17 Soft Boys date at London's Mean Fiddler.
The group, which had parted ways in 1981 after two albums and assorted EP releases, regrouped in spring of 2001 to tour behind Matador's double-disc reissue of "Underwater Moonlight," a renowned underground touchstone that inspired such groups as R.E.M., Camper Van Beethoven, and the Replacements.
In related news, Hitchcock's latest solo release, "Robyn Sings" (Editions PAF), is a double-disc set of Bob Dylan covers and is available via his Web site. Rew released his second solo disc, "Great Central Revisited" on Bongo Beat Records last week.