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 Sneezy.) As detailed in our Wrens Watch column, we have been checking in with guitarist Charles Bissell every week this year to see what kind of progress the band has made with its new album. (Usually, it’s no progress whatsoever.) But now, close to 25 weeks after the Wrens were supposed to start recording their next LP, comes the first Bissell-written demo. It’s called “The Thousand Do’s,” and you can download it below. At this rate, the new Wrens album should be halfway done by the end of Obama’s second term. Also below are demos for two new songs penned by bassist Kevin Whelan, which were posted in previous Wrens Watch columns.
“The Thousand Do’s” (download):
“Marked Up” (download):