Aus Legends Powderfinger To Drop First New Album In A Decade: ‘Unreleased’
The record will consist of previously unheard and unreleased songs, recorded at the peak of the band's career.
Hot off the heels of their recent release of Odyssey Number Five 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Aussie rock legends Powderfinger have announced they’ll be releasing a whole bloody album of unreleased music – their first new album in 11 years.
The album, creatively titled Unreleased, is set to drop on November 27, and will be comprised of a series of unreleased songs recorded at the peak of the band’s career, spanning 1998 – 2010.
While compiling the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of Odyssey Number Five, the lads reportedly discovered around 50 unreleased songs located on various tapes and hard drives hidden in the depths of the band’s archives. So they went through and picked some of their faves which for one reason or another didn’t quite make the final album cut, or just didn’t quite fit the vision they were going for at the time.
“We were always careful to keep our albums to around about vinyl length. While we searched for material from the ON5 writing and recording period we kept uncovering long forgotten tunes that were unmixed, unfinished or unsuitable for the purposes of the records we made,” stated the band via press release.
“We narrowed it down to about 15 and then down to a final 10. It brought back lots of memories and stories and made it clear how high we had set the bar with regard to the quality of songs we released.”
So.. We've got some news.. It's our first new album in a decade! We can't wait to share 'Unreleased' on November 27, a collection of previously unheard and unreleased tracks from the years 1998 – 2010.
— Powderfinger (@powderfinger_au) October 14, 2020
Last month Powderfinger released their first taste of their new album with single “Day By Day”, recorded during sessions for their 2003 album Vulture Street.
According to frontman Bernard Fanning, “Day by Day was never completed until we opened the archives and went sniffing around for tracks that had never been released.”
“We never even really had a rough mix of it as we had obviously decided at the time that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the songs on that album. Looking back now, I’m not sure why and I’m actually amazed we didn’t find a place for it on the record. Once we found it, we had Nick Didia remix it and get it into shape.”
If “Day By Day” is anything to go by, November 27 can’t come quick enough. Until then, check out our roundup of the best Powderfinger songs of all time.
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