Ben Folds Reveals New Ben Folds Five Album Details
Ben Folds gave in to fans’ demands for an update on the new Ben Folds Five album with a lengthy Facebook post describing some of the songs and his working relationship with his reunited bandmates, Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee.
The pianist wrote that the trio began recording in January but missed their deadline for finishing the record. “We’ll get back together in June,” he promised. “We kinda f—ed up. We meant to finish the album and then do gigs. But we’re doing a few festivals and will be paddling ferociously between those gigs to finish our album. That’s alright. Deadlines are good.”
He continued, “Lyrically, it began to take shape quickly and we were much richer in ideas and material than any of the [other] albums we did together. We were supporting each other, trying each idea instead of poo poo-ing each other’s creativity.” He added that the primary theme seems to be “loss of ego.”
He went into great detail about one particular track:
I’ve had a chorus that goes ‘If you can’t draw a crowd, draw d–ks on the wall’ for quite a while. Since ‘Reinhold’ era. It had different melodies, but I always liked the idea. When someone wants attention and they don’t get it, often we do something really stupid or even destructive. The song is ‘Draw A Crowd.’ It’s partially silly and partially deep. Many will latch on to the silly part and give me sh– for it and maybe when they grow up they [will] get the other part. If not, oh well. It’s okay. I like Kesha songs and some people don’t.
Folds went on to compliment his bandmates’ playing skills and suggested that the record will probably come out in September, though it will be more of a quiet, Radiohead-style release than the traditional album release with lots of advance promotion. Their last record as a group was 1999’s ‘The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.’
Ben Folds Five perform tonight (April 29) in Fort Worth, Texas, and have a handful of scattered headlining gigs and festival appearances scheduled through a June 10 appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. Check out their current itinerary here.