Rejoice, rejoice! The Besties' new album is out at the beginning of February. It's called Home Free, and is out on Hugpatch Records. Here's the track listing:
01 Right Band/Wrong Song
02 What Would Tim Armstrong Do?
05 The Gothenburg Handshake
08 St. Francis
09 Julie Jane
10 Man Vs. Wild
11 79 Lorimer
You can pre-order it not from Hugpatch in the US by paypalling $10 ($15 Int'l) to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm about to do that right away.
I desperately hope that The Besties come to play in the UK again soon. I put them on about 18 months ago in Nottingham and it was easily the best gig I've been involved in.
The gig was on a Monday night, right after Indietracks, and I was tremendously tired. I didn't think anyone would show up. An unknown band from Derby called The Deirdres were playing, and Tom from Lardpony had said that were "good, but ramshackle". A Smile and Ribbon also played, and were wonderful. Svante's dancing lives with me to this day.
As it turned out, The Deirdres were a revalation that night, about 50 people showed, and The Besties rocked our indiepop socks off. I've rarely been in a room so full of joy.
So, you should all buy the Besties album - just so they can come and play down the road from me again. Okay? Here's Prison Song: