The Wallflowers will release their fourth album, "Red Letter Days," Sept. 24 via Interscope, according to the band's official Web site.
The Wallflowers will release their fourth album, "Red Letter Days," Sept. 24 via Interscope, according to the band's official Web site. A single will precede the disc by six to eight weeks, however the band has yet to settle on which of the album's 12 tracks will earn that honor. "The new material is undoubtedly the strongest," frontman Jakob Dylan said in an online Q&A. "The group's spirit is at an all-time high now, mostly because all our priorities are in sync."
Produced by one-time Wallflowers guitarist Toby Miller with Bill Appleberry, the follow-up to 2000's "Breach" features frontman Jakob Dylan handling the bulk of the lead guitar duties, with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also lending a hand. Guitarist Michael Ward -- who replaced Miller back in 1996 -- exited the band before recording began and has not been replaced.
"The last two records were made under either difficult or uncomfortable situations. This is the first one that seems to be made under ideal ones," Dylan wrote. Of the departure of Ward, Dylan said, "I hope he finds what he's looking for, 'cause I hear we never had it. Things are better now for everyone, so no one should be sad. There are good memories and good futures for everyone."
A tour in support of the new album is in the works. "We would like to get everywhere," Dylan said. "Last cycle we didn't get as far as we'd have liked -- only to Japan, which was great. We always plan on getting to new places, but the legs of a record sometimes dictate how long you can stay out there."
A running order has yet to be cemented, but the album will feature "When You're on Top," "How Good It Can Get," "Closer To You," "Everybody Out of the Water," "Three Ways," "Too Late To Quit," "If You Never Got Sick," "Health and Happiness," "See You When I Get There," "Feels Like Summer Again," "Everything I Need," and "Here in Pleasantville."
As previously reported, Dylan makes a guest appearance on X principal John Doe's upcoming solo album, "Dim Stars, Bright Light," due Aug. 20 via iMusic.