Billboard Bits: Seven & The Sun, GBV, Rollins Band
News on Seven & The Sun, GBV, Rollins BandNew Jersey-based act Seven & the Sun will on Wednesday (May 15) appear on the NBC daytime drama "Passions" to debut its single, "Walk With Me." The daily soap opera plans to feature the song as its theme throughout the summer.
"'Passions' was looking for the one special song that would capture the attitude and spirit of the stories they'll be telling this summer," senior VP, NBC Daytime Programs, Sheraton Kalouria said in a statement. "'Walk With Me' is that song and when viewers hear it, they'll immediately understand why we're so sure it's destined for the top of the charts."
Because of the show's response to the track, Atlantic is rushing to release the band's debut album, "Back to the Innocence," on June 18, six weeks earlier than it had originally planned. Produced by Neal Avron (Everclear, New Found Glory), the album features singer/songwriter/bandleader Seven, brothers Walter and Bill Brandt (guitarist and programmer, respectively), and guitarist Eddie Zak.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard suffered a back injury last week, necessitating the postponement of shows last night (May 12) in Pittsburgh and tomorrow in New York. The shows will likely be made up later this summer after a host of newly scheduled dates, beginning June 7 in Memphis and wrapping July 7 in Indianapolis.
GBV is touring in support of its upcoming Matador album "Universal Truths and Cycles," due June 18. As previously reported, the band will release one two-song single each week starting May 21 and leading up to the album's release. The singles will each include an album track -- "Back to the Lake," "Cheyenne," "Everywhere With Helicopter," and "Universal Truths and Cycles" -- as well as a non-album B-side.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The Rollins Band will release a two-disc live album, "The Only Way To Know for Sure," June 25 via Sanctuary Records. The 28-track set was recorded March 1-2 at Chicago's Metro at the conclusion of the band's tour, and was mixed and mastered a few days later in Los Angeles with no overdubs. "What you hear is what we did," bandleader Henry Rollins says in a statement.
"The Rollins Band has always been a live band. The studio albums have always been simple and direct, and in terms of contemporary recording techniques, primitive," he says. "I judge a band by its live show. If you can't do it live then you can't do it. Live is the only way to know for sure."
In a note on his official Web site, Rollins says the band's plans will "perhaps [include] some songwriting and recording over the summer. In late summer when the European festival dates start up we'll be there for as many shows as they'll let us play." Currently, there is only one date on the Rollins Band's itinerary -- a July 13 appearance at the Bospop Festival in the Netherlands.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.