Wrens At Work On New Album, EP Reissue

New Jersey-based rock quartet the Wrens is at work on its next studio album, which it hopes to release by the end of the year via Absolutely Kosher.

New Jersey-based rock quartet the Wrens is at work on its next studio album, which it hopes to release by the end of the year via Absolutely Kosher. Also in the work is a remastered edition of the 1997 EP "Abbott 1135," due in the fall.

The as-yet-untitled new full-length will be the follow-up to 2003's "Meadowlands," which was the best-selling record in the Wrens' 16 year history.

"Most bands that have gotten to that point in their career hurry up and put something out within those three years, like a split EP or side project stuff," singer/guitarist Charles Bissell tells Billboard.com. "I guess it just takes us that long to do the next thing. We've used the time to tend to some personal stuff that we put off for many years."

Though writing for the record isn't yet complete, Bissell estimates some material will address an unlikely and unfortunate coincidence that transpired right before the release of "Meadowlands": every member lost a parent within a two-month span of time.

"I think we've taken the time to put important things into perspective. I feel like, for the first time in 15 years, that I can tell when a song's working and when it's not," Bissell says. "At least this time it may go a bit faster."

The group released "Meadowlands" overseas this February and have "weekend toured" in Europe within the past few months. The Wrens will play tonight (April 28) and tomorrow in Chicago and have spot dates on tap this summer in Austria, Holland and Germany.

"It's nice to have that separation, where we had to take care of the record in the U.S. first and now can take our time touring with it in Europe," Bissell says.

In addition, Bissell says the group is planning on posting old material and unreleased tracks on its Web site later this year, though, due to time constraints, they won't necessarily get the remastering treatment. "We'd just like for people to hear what else we've done," he says.