The Violent Femmes Prep First New Album In 16 Years

The 1982 self-titled debut from the Violent Femmes is a near-perfect ball of tuneful anxiety; it’s basically a perfect album. And while the band never released another one of those, they spent the ’80s and early ’90s cranking out great songs at an alarming clip. Other than a four-year period where the trio broke up (2009 to 2013, two band members suing each other), they’ve been steadily touring for more than 30 years. But they haven’t released a new album since 2000’s mediocre Freak Magnet. But the band recorded a four-song Record Store Day EP this year; we posted their track “Love Love Love Love Love.” And now they’re planning a follow-up album for release next year. On their Facebook page, they’ve been offering updates about the recording sessions. They’ve been at work with John Agnello, a producer who’s worked with people like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., the Hold Steady, and Kurt Vile, and the album is right now being mastered in New York. We don’t know anything more about the album yet, and this is obviously a band who peaked a long, long time ago. But plenty of older bands have come through and surprised us in recent years, and we should not count these guys out.