Violent Femmes’ most recent album, Freak Magnet, was originally scheduled for a 1998 release, but after Interscope dropped the band, it was held over until February of 2000. In the 15 years since, the Femmes have put together a handful of compilations, covered Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” gone on hiatus, returned at Coachella and even added a new member – drummer Brian Viglione.
Last December, the trio, which also includes singer-guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie, continued its touring with a set at the Sydney Opera House, then decamped to Hobart, Tasmania, where they recorded the tracks for a new EP. Below, hear the first of these, “Love Love Love Love Love,” an ode to old-fashioned romance that was written by Jake Brebes.
“Happy to have some new recordings for people that have loved our music,” Gano enthuses, “and would be honored to have a few new ears hear us for the first time too.”
The band plans to work on more tracks this spring. In June and July, Violent Femmes will be touring across America with the Barenaked Ladies, playing venues like Denver’s Red Rocks, New York City’s Pier 97 and Idaho Botanical Garden.