The Wallflowers Releasing First Album in Seven Years
The Wallflowers have been away from the music scene for a while now – seven years to be exact but frontman Jakob Dylan (the son of Bob Dylan) was always confident that they would find their way back to the studio someday and it looks like he was right.
"Knowing everybody as well as I do, I knew we would," Dylan says. "Glad All Over," the Wallflowers' first new album since 2005's "Rebel, Sweetheart," releases Oct. 2, with the first single, "Reboot the Mission," featuring the Clash's Mick Jones, already out. "We had a good, healthy break and got a little distance and a little appreciation for all of us to realize what a good thing it is to have the collaborative possibilities with the band and people you've been with for a long time."
It hasn’t been easy to get everyone together to make the album, which is understandable since Dylan has been pursuing a solo career and keyboardist Rami Jaffee is currently playing with Foo Fighters.
"It was just a question of time," he says. "We've been trying for the last year and a half. It was a lot of work getting everybody to find the time. We all wanted to go but you take on commitments when you take those breaks. People find things to do and get busy. Because of our schedules, we weren't able to get together beyond the telephone or a dinner here and there. We weren't able to make much music until we got to January of this year."
Of the creative process, Dylan explains: "we wanted to get in a room and make music together. We talked about getting back to basics with rock 'n' roll and the simplicity of it, not getting hung up on chord structures and being musical. The band could certainly do that, but this time we really wanted to just find a groove and three chords and keep it simple."
The good news is that they weren’t worn out making the album. "It doesn't feel spent at all. I've done records before where we're exhausted, nothing left in the tank. I could do one again next week if we could. I feel like the band is more fired-up now than we've ever been. It was such a relief to know we could go in with confidence and (make an album) in a different way that we hadn't done before. It's very encouraging."