Fountains of Wayne‘s long-awaited new album, Sky Full of Holes, will be released by Lojinx in the UK & Europe on the 1st of August. This is the acclaimed band’s first new release since 2007’s Traffic And Weather.
Recorded in New York City, Sky Full of Holes
features 13 new songs by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger, ranging from high-energy power pop to intimate, acoustic-driven ballads. Songs like The Summer Place
and Richie And Ruben
) showcase the band’s renowned storytelling abilities and flair for creating memorable characters; elsewhere, they take a more impressionistic approach, as in the shimmering Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart
and the elegiac Cemetery Guns
; (a lyric from which provides the album’s title). In signature FOW fashion, the album manages to be simultaneously witty and wistful, imaginative and personal.
Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains of Wayne
took their name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ (which, sadly, closed recently). The group’s line-up includes guitarist Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young and has remained unchanged since they toured in support of their self-titled 1996 debut album. Fountains of Wayne
were nominated for two Grammys
, including a somewhat belated Best New Artist nod, in 2003, after scoring a hit with their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers
.Sky Full of Holes
is the band’s fifth full-length release (not including 2005’s two-disc B-side compilation Out-Of-State Plates) and was produced by Collingwood and Schlesinger and mixed by longtime collaborator John Holbrook, who also worked on Welcome Interstate Managers
and Traffic And Weather
. The confirmed album tracklist is:
- The Summer Place
- Richie And Ruben
- Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart
- Action Hero
- A Dip In The Ocean
- Cold Comfort Flowers
- A Road Song
- Workingman’s Hands
- Hate To See You Like This
- Radio Bar
- Firelight Waltz
- Cemetery Guns
Sky Full of Holes will be released on Lojinx in Europe on the 1st of August 2011. The album will be released by Yep Roc in North America and by Warner in Japan.
The band will play a run of US tour dates in July and August with European shows scheduled for November.
(press release from Lojinx)