Dave Matthews Band new album 2012: What we know so far
Thanks to the Dave Matthews Band new album, 2012 will be an exciting year for DMB fans.
DMB officially announced the new album, Away From the World, on June 27, but some information had come out here and there before then — and will continue to as the Sept. 11 release date gets closer. This list features all the confirmed details we have so far.
We’ll update this list with more Dave Matthews Band new album information as it becomes available, so check back often.
Dave Matthews Band new album 2012 details
Last updated Aug. 8, 2012
Dave Matthews Band’s new album, Away From the World, will be out Sept. 11. Here’s the official track listing:
- “Broken Things”
- “Belly Belly Nice”
- “The Riff”
- “Belly Full”
- “If Only”
- “Snow Outside”
- “Drunken Soldier”
You can view videos of all the new Dave Matthews Band songs played or released so far. And here’s the new DMB album cover art, released July 16:
DMB released “Gaucho“ as a free download May 18. Four other songs from the new DMB album that will be familiar to fans are “Sweet,” “If Only,” “The Riff” and “Belly Belly Nice,” which the band has played on its summer tour.
The new album is “about 55 minutes” long, according to Lillywhite. The shortest song is “2 [minutes] and change.” Corey Manicone, a fan who got to hear the album in Lillywhite’s rental car in Hartford, Conn., described that track as a “very good” Dave solo song.
Fans have speculated that the title of “Broken Things” is a deliberate allusion to Busted Stuff, the album where DMB re-recorded songs from the abandoned Lillywhite Sessions without Lillywhite. But Lillywhite said the connection “never crossed our minds.”
“Drunken Soldier,” is Lillywhite and Stefan Lessard’s favorite last track from any DMB album. Lillywhite described it as “very uplifting.” It is more than nine minutes long, starting off with a jam before going into a song that Manicone and others have compared to Pink Floyd’s style. A clip of “Drunken Soldier” appeared in a short video released to promote the new DMB album on YouTube. The only lyrics in the clip are “That’s not a star, that’s a satellite.”
In the studio
DMB entered a Seattle studio in early January with producer Steve Lillywhite. The band played the songs live, Lillywhite took drum recordings from those performances, and then the band members re-recorded their parts over those drum tracks. It only took six hours to record all of the horn parts for the new DMB album.
Here’s how Boyd Tinsley described the recording process in an interview with DMBnews.net: “Some of the songs that you hear on this album, the basic tracks came out, like, the first or second time we played them. Dave would come in with part of a song. We’d get into the control room and we’d finish it, putting in a chorus or bridge here and working out arrangements. And then we went to the studio, and we just played.”
Lillywhite was mastering the album, the final step in the production process, on May 2.
There are no old recordings of LeRoi Moore on the album. The saxophone parts are “all Jeff [Coffin].”
There also aren’t any B-sides on the new Dave Matthews Band album; Lillywhite said the band only worked on one other song that didn’t make the album, but that song wasn’t finished.
Lillywhite compared the album to DMB’s “big three” (Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets) by using the term “Big 4” in a February tweet.