Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way.
The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through Universal Music worldwide, outside of North America. An extensive international tour will support the release.
"Intriguer" is the follow-up to "Time on Earth," which hit No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand, and No. 3 in the U.K. following its release in 2007 through longtime label partner EMI.
The new album will be released through Universal Music companies in the world outside North America. U.S. release details have yet to be announced. "Time on Earth" was released by ATO/Red stateside, while previous albums were issued by Capitol.
In a statement issued today, Finn commented, "I look forward to a long and productive relationship with Universal Music, who are obviously the music company setting the benchmark now. We're delighted to be in the company of music-loving people who believe in us and are eager to spread the word."
Produced by Jim Scott and Finn, the 10-track album was recorded in Auckland, New Zealand's Roundhead studios.
Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, added: "Neil Finn has one of those instantly recognizable voices, and is one of the world's most accomplished songwriters. We are thrilled to be working with Crowded House on 'Intriguer' and beyond."
Crowded House hits the road from March 28 for concerts and festival shows in Australia and New Zealand before turning their attention to European audiences from May. A North American tour will kick off in July, their first since 2008.
The band formed in New Zealand in 1985. The debut, "Crowded House," followed a year later and the band began a long relationship with EMI.