Juliana Hatfield to Release Politically Themed Record, ‘Pussycat’
The election of President Donald Trump has kicked Juliana Hatfield into action. On April 28, she will release Pussycat, a new record inspired by the current political climate in the U.S.
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” she said in a press release. But after the election, she continued, "All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there."
Hatfield wrote the material following a time in which she was questioning whether or not she had anything left to say as a songwriter. So, as quickly as the songs came, she wanted to record them in a similar manner. Playing all the instruments except drums, which were played by Pete Caldes, she recorded and mixed all 14 songs in 12-and-a-half days.
“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” she said. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands -- it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently -- looser, more confident, better. I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan. I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”
You can pre-order Pussycat at American Laundromat Records' website, with options of CD, pink cassette (limited to 250 copies), pink vinyl and a coupled of bundles that offer it on both pink and peach vinyl.
Juliana Hatfield, 'Pussycat' Track Listing
1. “I Wanna Be Your Disease”
2. “Impossible Song”
3. “You’re Breaking My Heart”
4. “When You’re a Star”
5. “Good Enough for Me”
6. “Short-Fingered Man”
7. “Touch You Again”
8. “Sex Machine”
9. “Wonder Why”
10. “Sunny Somewhere”
14. “Everything Is Forgiven”
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