It only took five years, three producers and countless hours in the studio, but Hole are finally set to release Nobody’s Daughter, the first new studio album from Courtney Love since 2004’s America’s Sweetheart — and the first Hole album in over a decade. The record will hit stores on April 27th, according to Spin.
The new disc — which, Love told Rolling Stone deals with “greedâ€¦ vengeance, and a lot about feminism” — features a brand new Hole lineup: guitarist Micko Larkin, Rock Kills Kid bassist Shawn Dailey and drummers Stuart Fisher and ex-RHCP member Jack Irons (who played on the album). And while former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has recently disputed Love’s rights to use the band name, Love insists it is hers. “Wherever I lay my head is Hole,” she told RS in November. “It’s a great band name and it’s mine.”
The Nobody’s Daughter sessions have been fraught with troubles. Love started writing tracks for the record during a rehab stint in 2005 and soon after teamed up with producers Corgan and Perry in a Los Angeles studio. After road-testing the songs live in 2007, Love decided to overhaul the tracks. When she teamed up with Celebrity Skin producer Michael Beinhorn, the two locked horns and the sessions were halted. “She had a lot of things going on in her personal life that made it impossible to do the sort of work that I wanted,” Beinhorn told Spin. But after meeting 23-year-old guitarist Larkin, Love self-financed the recording of the album and started shopping it around to labels, including Mercury/Island Def Jam, who will release the disc.
In related news, Love is getting her live chops back in shape. She appeared last week on the U.K.’s Jonathan Ross Show, performing the jangly, uptempo Corgan and Perry co-written tune “Samantha” (watch it above). After a scheduled comeback gig tomorrow night at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, Hole are slotted to play the SXSW Festival, which kicks off March 17th in Austin, Texas. Last week, Love was forced to cancel the band’s first official U.K. gig due to a riot that prevented her from traveling to the venue.