Speaking of Dallas bands with 20 years of history, Old 97's announced today that they'll release Most Messed Up. It's roughly the band's 11th full-length, depending on how you count a few greatest hits, serialized releases and other oddities. The alt-country pioneers announced the news just now on their blog, where they also offered the track listing and album art. You can see both below.
They also released Most Messed Up's first single today via Entertainment Weekly, called "Longer Than You've Been Alive." It, like the rest of the album, is about the triumphs and (mostly) trials of being in a band for two decades. Listen to Rhett Miller take an unusual approach to new fan development over on the EW website.
Most Messed Up will be out on April 29 -- it's the 97's first on ATO. You can read the full announcement here, but the meatiest paragraph is this:
The Old 97's have confirmed the April 29 release of their new album and ATO debut Most Messed Up -- a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It's "a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician's life, loves and lubrication," says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, Most Messed Up also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N' Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.
Most Messed Up Tracklist: "Longer Than You've Been Alive" "Give It Time" "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On" "This Is The Ballad" "Wheels Off" "Nashville" "Wasted" "Guadalajara" "The Disconnect" "The Ex Of All You See" "Intervention" "Most Messed Up"
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.