Underachievers, please try harder. The first new recording by the Replacements since a reunited lineup began playing shows together last year has surfaced, but it might be best for devoted fans to lower their expectations.
“Poke Me in My Cage” was recorded this fall in Waltham, Massachusetts, according to the band’s Soundcloud post (via Bradley’s Almanac and Pitchfork). That would make it the first new original material under the Replacements banner since “Message to the Boys” and “Pool & Dive” turned up on 2006 greatest-hits compilation Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?, if not their 1990 swan song, All Shook Down; 2012′s Songs for Slim EP was only covers. Rather than heart-rending rock’n’roll hullabaloo, though, it’s 24 minutes of “#jazz”-hashtagged improvisation; you’ll notice the melody from “Frère Jacques” on guitar at one point, and there’s a brief, screamed vocal with words including what sounds like “porcupine piss,” which would somewhat explain the artwork below as well as the track’s other Soundcloud tag of “#porcupinepiss.”
Luckily, this might not be the only new ‘Mats music in the year ahead. After performing on The Tonight Show in September, they told Rolling Stone they’d probably make a new album eventually, with prospective song titles including “Are You in It for the Money?” and “Dead Guitar Player.” More appealing names, to be sure, than “porcupine piss,” though perhaps nothing could be as memorable.