Newly-formed power pop supergroup Tinted Windows have set an April 21 release date for their debut self-titled album, due via S-Curve. As previously reported, the band comprises singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson, guitarist James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, bassist Adam Schlesinger of Ivy and Fountains of Wayne and drummer Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick. The group will play its first major show at Billboard's South by Southwest showcase onMarch 20 at Pangaea in Austin, Texas.
"Even though it seems really sudden to everybody else, we've been working on making this happen for a while," Schlesinger tells Billboard.com. "Taylor and I have been friends forever and started talking about it seriously about it three years ago. Two years ago, James was in on it."
The three were already writing material as they pondered who to add as a drummer. "We kept trying to brainstorm who could play like Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick," Schlesinger continues. "But then it just seemed obvious we should at least try Bun E. Carlos." They sent the veteran drummer some demo tracks and, to their surprise, "he was into it. Fountains of Wayne had opened for Cheap Trick a couple of times, but this was the first time any of us had really worked with him."
The biggest struggle for the band was trying to make time where everybody could be together in the same room to record. Hanson lives in Tulsa, Schlesinger and Iha in New York and Carlos outside of Chicago. Between touring, recording and writing with all their other groups, Tinted Windows were able to eke out a month total of recording time early last year at Stratosphere Sound Studios in New York, which Iha and Schlesinger co-own with Ivy's Andy Chase.