After a lone album for Geffen, veteran New York-based underground rock act Girls Against Boys has returned to the independent label ranks via a two-album deal with Jade Tree. The group is recording it

After a lone album for Geffen, veteran New York-based underground rock act Girls Against Boys has returned to the independent label ranks via a two-album deal with Jade Tree. The group is recording its as-yet-untitled label debut in Brooklyn, N.Y., with producer Ted Nicely, who helmed three of GVSB's acclaimed Touch & Go albums in the mid-'90s.

The new album, due May 14, is described by the band as "stripped-down, bare-assed rock -- as dark, abrasive, and strangely compelling as we've ever been." Prior to the release, the group has lined up a short U.S. tour that begins March 10 in Bowling Green, Ohio, and wraps March 22 in Philadelphia. New York shows are also planned at the Bowery Ballroom on Jan. 26 and the city's Knitting Factory on Feb. 23. A more extensive trek is planned for closer to the new album's release.

Girls Against Boys signed with Geffen in 1997 but did not appreciably expand its audience with the album "Freak*On*Ica," which debuted at No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart the following year and has sold 44,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. Since then, the group recorded new material for the Koch soundtrack to the reality show-themed "Series 7," released last summer.

Here are Girls Against Boys' tour dates:

Jan. 26: New York (Bowery Ballroom)
Feb. 23: New York (Knitting Factory)
March 10: Bowling Green, Ohio (Howard's Club)
March 11: Cleveland (Grog Shop)
March 12: Chicago (Empty Bottle)
March 13: Kansas City, Mo. (Hurricane)
March 14: Norman, Okla. (Opalis)
March 15: Austin, Texas (La Zona Rosa)
March 16: Dallas (Trees)
March 18: New Orleans (Shim Sham Club)
March 19: Atlanta (Echo Lounge)
March 20: Carrboro, N.C. (Room Four)
March 21: Washington, D.C. (Black Cat)
March 22: Philadelphia (Unitarian Church)

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