It’s been 19 years since its initial break, but New Jersey’s the Feelies have announced the release of Here Before (Bar/None) for a to-be-determined spring 2011 date. Forming in the bourgeoning punk era of the mid-’70s, the Feelies—named after the futuristic successor of “the talkies” in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World—spent over 15 years producing endearingly poppy post-rock (and occasionally touring with Lou Reed and R.E.M., of course) before calling it quits in 1991. In 2008 the band reunited for a show in New York City with Sonic Youth. Since then, the Feelies have played All Tomorrow’s Parties NY (2009) and occasional small, personal shows at venues like Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, the band’s long-time home base.
Bar/None had reissued 1980’s and 1986’s The Good Earth in 2009, but the forthcoming Here Before will be solely new tunes, produced by band members Glenn Mercer and Bill Million.