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.