Published Sep 20, 2013Here's the good news: Television have a new album almost entirely finished. The bad news? There's no word as to when or if they will ever put it out.
The sessions took place in New York over one week in December 2007. The band tracked 16 tunes, and the songs have been sitting on the back burner ever since. They don't yet have vocals and are still unmixed.
"It might happen before we all die, I don't know," drummer Billy Ficca told Rolling Stone. "It's sort of laying there."
Many of the new songs were given the working title "Wingnut," and they apparently sound distinct from anything the band have previously done. Studio engineer Geoff Sanoff said, "It sounded amazing. It was so clean and so crisp. As soon as you set them up playing, they just sounded like Television."
The band have a smattering of shows in Australia, the U.S. and Europe in the coming months, and they plan to showcase a number of new songs (except for at Melbourne's Release the Bats festival, where the band will play their 1977 album Marquee Moon in full).
If the new album does see release, it would mark their first proper studio effort since 1992's self-titled set.
10/24 Auckland, New Zealand - Powerstation
10/26 Melbourne, Australia - ATP Release the Bats
10/30 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
11/05 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11/07 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
11/09 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/17 Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2
11/19 London, UK - Roundhouse
11/21 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11/22-24 Camber, UK - ATP's End of an Era