It’s really happening; after countless delays, false starts and scrapped demoes, The Wrens have signed on the dotted line of a new record contract in hopes of finally releasing their long-delayed fourth album.
“For the first time in I don’t even know how long (years at this point!), we all four got together,” frontman Charles Bissell wrote on the band’s official site. “The occasion? Well, I realize it’s not big news in any sense except to us, but after 25 years as a band and for the first time in 20, we, as they say, have inked a deal. Pens were handed out presidentially. Morning beers were clinked together. The devil wrung his hands in delight & vanished in a smoke puff, laughing.
He continued, “Honestly not being coy but promised not to reveal details, pending a more official announcement from both parties. But wanted to say at least something, partially ’cause we’re all super happy about it … And partially to have something even a little more concrete than my usual ‘work continues nightly’ to show that … this record is actually happening. And nearly done.”
Let’s hope. After all, Bissell told the band’s Twitter followers the record was wrapped last May and ready to be mixed and mastered. And a little over a year ago, Pitchfork devoted an entire feature to the group’s enduring popularity, decade-long delays be damned. “A lot of people our age come to shows and bring their kids,” guitarist Greg Whelan said in the story. “They relate to us because they used to be in bands but then they quit. We’re like their weird hero in that respect, which is flattering. We’re really proud of that.”
Here’s a raw version of the Wrens’s last official recording: “Crescent,” as first heard on a benefit record for New Orleans: