Violent Femmes, best known for their earworm hit "Blister in the Sun," have had somewhat of a tumultuous history as a band. Formed at the top of the eighties, they briefly broke up following the release of their third album, The Blind Leading the Naked, got back together to release the album 3 in 1988, and then split again in 2009 (this time presumably for good) due to inner turmoil in the band after selling the rights to "Blister in the Sun" to the burger chain Wendy's. The last album we've heard from them is 2000's Freak Magnet, but now they're back and gearing up to release their first new collection of songs in fifteen years, We Can Do Anything. The first single off the new album, "Memory," premiered on NPR today. You can listen to it here:
"We went a few years without playing together," Gordon Gano, singer and guitarist for the band, said in a press release about the new album. "But when we did it was just instant. There it is. There's the sound we make when we play music together. When we get together to do this thing called Violent Femmes, there's an energy between us that's just very intuitive. That was right from the very start and it hasn't changed."
We Can Do Anything is available for pre-order now via all the usual places.