Phish will debut their new album, Sigma Oasis, in an online listening party on Wednesday night (April 1) at 9:00 p.m. EST on their social feeds.
The news was revealed in a Zoom band video chat in the middle of their “Dinner and a Movie” concert video series on Tuesday night (March 31); they were screening a July 27, 2014 show from one of their favorite venues, Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Keyboardist Page McConnell said, “I am anticipating that tomorrow evening at 9 o’clock we will be sharing with all of you a Phish record which we are very excited about.”
He explained that the group went into the studio in November in singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio’s barn and had “so much fun just playing songs for about a week up there,” during which they also shot some photos in the snow that will be part of the album’s artwork.
They’ve been working on it steadily since then and their engineer, Vance Powell, finished the album last week. “To have this mountaintop barn where we can go and have the idea that playing together is best and get in there and do that in a little weird way, it makes it like a show vibe… because the chemistry happens,” bassist Mike Gordon said. No track list for Sigma Oasis was available at press time.
Sigma Oasis is the band’s first album since 2016’s Big Boat.
Watch the band discuss the new album during the “Dinner and a Movie” break below (beginning at the one-hour-and-twenty-eight-minute mark).