The The mastermind Matt Johnson spent the first decade of the 2000s musically inactive — at least in terms of releasing new material — and moved on to issue scores to independent films under his old band’s moniker for the past few years. Now, though, he’s finally doing what fans have been clamoring for: he’s recording a proper new The The album.
Johnson tells U.K. magazine Uncut in its current issue that work is underway on what will be the first song-based The The album since 2000’s NakedSelf. He says:
“The important thing is getting yourself in the frame of mind for it. Everything else follows from that. Having been away for so long, I have almost forgotten who I used to be. I almost forgot I was a songwriter in the first place, which is a horrible thing to say. But if it all goes to plan, the album will have freshness to it. It’ll be a new start for my career.”
No other details are yet known about the project.
Since 2010, Johnson has released soundtracks to two independent films — “Tony” and “Moonbug” — under the The The name, and he has a third, for the film “Hyena,” coming out March 6. A fourth, for the film “Penthouse North,” also has been recorded, although no release for that has yet been announced.
Following his debut solo album Burning Blue Soul in 1981, Johnson recorded and released six The The studio albums between 1983 and 2000, and recorded several others — including The Pornography of Despair and Gun Sluts — that were never released.
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- The The releases ‘Moonbug’ soundtrack album, re-starts ‘Radio Cineola’ podcasts
- The The airs tracks from unreleased ‘Gun Sluts,’ ’2 Blocks Below Canal’ albums
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