We’ve been fans of New Jersey’s finest since even before their first album came out back in 1994, so let’s just say we’re used to sitting around waiting for them to take their sweet-ass time putting out new music. (Three albums in more than 14 years makes the Wrens about as prolific as Boston, which is kind of like being as tall as Gary Coleman.) Given their propensity for not even updating their website (the second most recent entry is promoting a Charles Bissell solo show on September 4 to raise money for Obama’s bid for the White House), we decided to take matters into our own hands to keep fans up to date with the latest Wrens news. Each week, we’ll check in with Bissell to find out just what exactly the quartet hasn’t been up to.
:: Wrens Watch, Dec. 22, 2008
MAGNET: Charles, this summer you told me that the new Wrens album would be done this fall. Now that it’s been more than five years since The Meadowlands, can you tell me if the follow-up is finally done?
Bissell: [Defensively] When we start recording—or when we’re about to—I promise, you will literally be the first outside the band to know.
Wait, so you mean you haven’t even started recording yet?
Charles, are you still there?
I need to go. I have a fucking kid now, so I don’t have time for this bullshit of yours. I have to go to the fucking music store and buy some new fucking cords for my guitar. And I have to move the fucking van to the other side of the street before it gets a fucking ticket I won’t be able to fucking afford. [Hangs up]
Check in next week to see what’s going on in the wild and wacky world of the Wrens.