Dando Readies New Lemonheads Album, 'Ray' Reissue
A year after he resurrected his beloved '90s rock outfit the Lemonheads, singer/songwriter Evan Dando tells Billboard.com he's planning on recording and releasing another band effort in April 2008.A year after he resurrected his beloved '90s rock outfit the Lemonheads, singer/songwriter Evan Dando tells Billboard.com he's planning on recording and releasing another band effort in April 2008.
"Yeah, there is new music, and I'll be recording in January," Dando says. "But I don't want to talk about the record too much."
Dando, who is concerned about jinxing the project, which apparently hasn't been finalized as of yet, admits some new tracks may be getting stage time during the Lemonheads' three-week stateside tour, which begins Nov. 30 in San Francisco.
Not only will the set include obscure gems from the band's earlier catalog, such as songs from 1989's "Lick," but the group will experiment with offering instant live recordings of its shows in various cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago.
This is an exciting outing for Dando because it features the studio musicians -- drummer Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and bassist Karl Alvarez (Descendents) -- who appeared on the Lemonheads' self-titled album, which was released last year by Vagrant.
"After touring for 10 months, we've given the album a fair shake, but the exciting part of the next tour is that it's with the people who actually played on the album," Dando says. "It's the first tour with Bill and Karl, so to me it's like a rebirth of the record."
The 40-year-old Dando says that his former touring musicians Vess Ruhtenberg (bass) and Devon Ashley (drums), along with Stevenson, Alvarez and others, may appear on the next Lemonheads effort. Also in the mix is a deluxe edition of the band's 1992 album "It's a Shame About Ray," which will include demos, B-sides and a DVD from the era. The project is due in March via Rhino.
Overall, Dando says he's savoring every moment of The Lemonheads' return from obscurity. "It's perfect," Dando says. "This is what I like to do, make records and play live. I can't decide which is more fun."