Wrens Watch, Dec. 22, 2008

We’ve been fans of New Jersey’s finest since even before their first album came out back in 1994, so let’s just say we’re used to sitting around waiting for them to take their sweet-ass time putting out new music. (Three albums in more than 14 years makes the Wrens about as prolific as Boston, which is kind of like being as tall as Gary Coleman.) Given their propensity for not even updating their website (the second most recent entry is promoting a Charles Bissell solo show on September 4 to raise money for Obama’s bid for the White House), we decided to take matters into our own hands to keep fans up to date with the latest Wrens news. Each week, we’ll check in with Bissell to find out just what exactly the quartet hasn’t been up to.

:: Wrens Watch, Dec. 22, 2008
MAGNET: Charles, this summer you told me that the new Wrens album would be done this fall. Now that it’s been more than five years since The Meadowlands, can you tell me if the follow-up is finally done?
Bissell: [Defensively] When we start recording—or when we’re about to—I promise, you will literally be the first outside the band to know.
Wait, so you mean you haven’t even started recording yet?
[Silence]
Charles, are you still there?
[Silence]
Hello? Charles?
I need to go. I have a fucking kid now, so I don’t have time for this bullshit of yours. I have to go to the fucking music store and buy some new fucking cords for my guitar. And I have to move the fucking van to the other side of the street before it gets a fucking ticket I won’t be able to fucking afford. [Hangs up]

Check in next week to see what’s going on in the wild and wacky world of the Wrens.

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4 Comments

  1. Craig Morby
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you magnet for keeping a beat on the wrens. the wrens is a family affair for myself, my wife, and fifteen year old daughter. we just listened to the meadowlands in the car last friday. everyone choose sides, and she sends kisses are in my top ten of all time, and i’ve gifted this record to more people that i can afford. charles and band, we’ve waited long enough. radiohead works at a faster pace for effs sake. can hardly wait for some new stuff, and a long overdue visit to florida.

  2. Posted December 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Don’t piss the guy off. What’s the point of that? Meadowlands is a great album. If and when they decide to put out another… that’s their business.

  3. Joe
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    ms, pretty sure this is a joke. the wrens and magnet are like, supertight. but i reallllly hope this is an ongoing feature cos i got a kick out of it and would love to hear what’s going on with the wrens! theyre too damn quiet.

  4. Posted December 30, 2008 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    This is great. They should finish the damn album and then we can all go to White Castle on Route 17.