While music fans generally expect a few years between albums for most bands, some of the world's biggest and most creative bands have gone far too long without a new release. Although these delays are tough on fans of the bands, it is often expected that releasing a quality album can take a fair amount of time for songwriting, rehearsing, recording and production. Here is a list of five bands that are long overdue for a new album.
Last releasing the experimental rock opus "The King of Limbs" in February of 2011, the seminal alternative band has been unexpectedly quiet for the past few years. Although frontman Thom Yorke released a solo album in 2014, Radiohead fans are still thirsting for the next album, which the band has reportedly been working on since early 2015. As a small consolation, fans were treated to the release of the track "Spectre" on Christmas Day 2015, which was an unused track from the recent James Bond film of the same name.
Just five years after the upbeat dance-punk band announced their breakup and played a raucous and high profile final show at Madison Square Garden, they have reunited and are hitting the road in 2016. The day after announcing the reunion tour, eccentric bandleader James Murphy also announced that a new album would be forthcoming. Fans of the band who brought us such infectious rump-shakers as "Dance Yrself Clean" and "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" are already sporting their dancing shoes and patiently waiting.
It's hard to believe that Tool's last release was "10,000 Days" all the way back in the spring of 2006, but that is indeed the case. Perhaps with the album selling over 500,000 copies in its first week, Maynard James Keenan and his band of morbid hard rockers deservedly thought they could use an extended break. Though the band has cited family reasons and an ongoing lawsuit as primary reasons for the delay on a new album, Keenan has also been very active recording and touring with his experimental side project Puscifer, of which he is the only permanent member. Although Tool fans are as devoted as any fan base in music, a decade long wait is certainly a lot to ask.
The Shins and the band's only original member James Mercer have been relatively quiet since the spring 2012 release of the impressively successful "Port of Morrow." Although Mercer has released an EP and full length album with side project Broken Bells, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, fans of The Shins' jauntily adolescent pop-rock anthems are indeed itching for a new album. Mercer and his now rotating cast of band members did release the single "So Now What" in conjunction with the release of actor/director Zach Braff's film "Wish I Was Here." However, this little taste from The Shins just left fans aching for more, although hardcore fans of the band were excited with the 2014 remastered release of Flake Music's "When You Land Here, It's Time To Return," which was essentially an early release by the founding members of The Shins.
Promoted as a "virtual band" made up of four animated members, the rock/pop/electronic/hip-hop quartet masterminded by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett has been incredibly quiet since the early 2011 release of fourth studio album "The Fall." After arguably cranking out two unstoppable hits over the years with the contagiously optimistic stoner anthem "Clint Eastwood" and dance jam "Feel Good Inc.", the pixelated tour de force has been incredibly quiet. Although Albarn has been quoted by numerous sources that he has been working on new Gorillaz material since 2014, he reported in the fall of 2015 that he is in the "early stages" of the songwriting process on any new Gorillaz material. Fans of the band are collectively holding their breath for the next update.
Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables and Klipsch speakers.
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