[pullquote quote="We just decided, 'Let's just rock it and enjoy this and not worry about it too much.'" credit="Ben Folds"]I’ve been a Ben Folds fan for a long time. The smartass singer/songwriter from North Carolina is best known for his sharp wit and piano skills, releasing ballads in the 90s as an alternative to the Alternative explosion.
Ben Folds Five first got back together in ’08 to perform a one-off of their third and final album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. Since then, Folds continued his solo work releasing albums, Way to Normal and Lonely Avenue, a collaboration with Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity.
The trio (Ben Folds, Darren Jessee, and Robert Sledge) reunited last summer to record three new songs for a career retrospective and decided to schedule time at Ben’s Nashville studio to begin laying down the start of a full new album for 2012.
Next month, BFF will be a part of XRT’s 93 Days of Summer with a show June 29th at The World’s Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat’s Church.
Download “Do It Anyway” for free and watch Ben Folds Five’s promo teaser below.
Ben Folds Five, “Do It Anyway” [DOWNLOAD]
“Do It Anyway” was inspired by an audience member shouting at one of Folds’ live shows, like “Rock This Bitch” – recorded at The Vic in Chicago and released on Ben Folds Live.
Head over to http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/benfoldsfive to preorder the new record and get access to exclusives leading up to the release.
For more info about The World’s Largest Block Party and tickets, please visit WorldsLargestBlockParty.com.
– Zack Nechvatal, WXRT Chicago