The Wallfowers have been absent since 2005, when they released their fifth album, Rebel Sweetheart. But Jakob Dylan and the band have a big 2012 planned. Not only are they playing a few scattered shows to commemorate the reunion, but a new album is in the works. After a lengthy hiatus, fans should be pleased to hear movements in The Wallflowers camp.
The group always had a small leg up. Front man Jakob Dylan is the son of folk/rock legend Bob Dylan, so that surely helped in establishing the group and commercial mainstays. That legacy lingered early when the group released their self-titled album in 1992 to modest though unsatisfying acclaim. The group then took an extended four year gap to create their sophomore album, bring Down the Horse for release in 1996 and it absolutely destroyed the mentality of the sophomore slump ( a group’s second record is inferior to the first, by a lot). The group garnered heavy radio play, solid singles, and 4x platinum selling hit. Big singles like One Headlight and Sixth Avenue Heartache became 90’s rock staples.
After this high, the group released a string of moderately well received albums with slowly declining sales, and they took a break in 2006.
Now after some time away, the group have tour dates lined up, posted below, and plans for a new album. It is currently being mixed and is tentatively scheduled for release in September 2012.
Stay close to the group’s site in the upcoming weeks:
7-20Dover, DEFirefly Music Festival
7-24New York, NYBowery Ballroom
7-25Ashbury Park, NJThe Stone Pony
9-23Pensacola, FLDe Luna Festival
Image Source, Wallflowers 2012 Promotional Shoot
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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