In 2003, New Jersey indie rockers The Wrens released what is now considered an indie rock masterpiece, The Meadowlands. And since then… not much. In fact, the follow-up to that record has been one of the most highly anticipated albums for the better part of a decade. And though the band continues to suggest that it’s on the way, it still hasn’t materialized just yet. But that doesn’t mean it won’t; today, the band announced via Twitter that they’ve signed a new record contract — though they haven’t said which label will be releasing their records from here on out.
There’s a little bit more information in a statement on the band’s website, but if you’re looking for a label’s name or a release date, well, you won’t find it.
“…for the first time in I don’t even know how long (years at this point!), we all four got together,” the statement reads. “The occasion? Well, I realize it’s not big news in any sense except to us, but after 25 years as a band and for the first time in 20, we, as they say, have inked a deal. Pens were handed out presidentially. Morning beers were clinked together. The devil wrung his hands in delight & vanished in a smoke puff, laughing.”
So, keep those fingers crossed. Sounds like something is happening. The Wrens’ Meadowlands is featured on our list of 10 Essential New Jersey Albums.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.