Yea I never really kept track of them after "Bringing Down The Horse" but I thought Jakob had gone off to do solo stuff. I'd be interested to hear what they're doing now, especially if it sounds like The Clash.
Jakob did a pair of solo records (Seeing Things
and Women and Country
), but toured with The Wallflowers at least once in that intervening period (I saw them for the first time in the summer of 2009), and always planned on getting the group back together to record another album.
Check out the above song if the Clash influence interests you though: Mick Jones plays on the song and Jakob even name-drops Joe Strummer.
Interesting song, but I don't really see this appealing to the same crowd that embraced their Americana-tinged stuff in the '90s (and later), as I did. Some may say they've grown stagnant, but the appeal of this band for me has always been that kind of heartland, post-Tom Petty classicism they display that's so rare among commercial rock bands these days. It almost sounds like they're going for an Achtung Baby-style reinvention here. I'm intrigued, but also a bit skeptical.
Definitely agree with you on this: even if I enjoy this record and the reinvention therein, I'll always think of The Wallflowers for their folkier, more alt-country/roots rock kind of sound. Bringing Down the Horse
was definitely the peak of that, but I really think everything they did was worthwhile, and that Jakob reached his peak as a lyricist on Rebel, Sweetheart
. Have always been one of my favorite bands.
Really looking forward to this.
Always been a fan of the band, and now with Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers/Pearl Jam/Eleven/et al) on drums I'm seriously like a giddy little school girl.
Ditto on the first bit. "One Headlight" was my first favorite song.