Reunited jangle-pop heroes The dB’s this week released a new song as a free MP3 download — the rocker “Revolution of the Mind,” featuring Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan on guitar — and announced plans to issue Falling Off the Sky, the band’s first new studio album in 25 years, sometime in the spring of 2012.
The track — which can be downloaded via the link below in exchange for an e-mail address — was recorded by the reunited lineup of Peter Holsapple, Gene Holder, Will Rigby and Chris Stamey during sessions for the new record, but it won’t actually appear on it. It’s the third new song The dB’s have released this year; in April, the band issued a 7-inch with “Picture Sleeve” and “Write Back,” both earmarked for the new album, as part of Record Store Day.
The band reunited in 2005 and has been working on a new album since; according to the band’s publicist, The dB’s have taken their time recording the new work “due to conflicting geography, work and tour schedules.” A tracklist has not yet been announced, but the 12-song record — the band’s first studio effort since 1987 swan song The Sound of Music — is being produced by the band with assistance from Scott Litt and Mitch Easter.
Below, you can watch two different videos for “Revolution of the Mind”: one by Jerry Stifelman of Creato Destructo Imagery and the other by Greg Parsons (editor) and Mike Allen (director).
DOWNLOAD: The dB’s, “Revolution of the Mind”
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Words can’t express how happy this makes me. Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey were the Lennon and McCartney of the jangle pop/60’s revival that spawned R.E.M. I can’t wait to hear the album!