Fans anxiously awaiting Oleander’s first new album in 7 years will have to wait a bit longer, as lead singer Thomas Flowers says the bands as-of-yet untitled new album will be out sometime in the spring of 2011.
“We’re looking at April,” Flowers tells Alternative Addiction in regards to a tentative release date. “We aren’t going to put anything out until its time, but I think that is a good date to shoot for, just in time for all the big summer shows.”
Flowers says the album is nearly complete, with one additional recording session set up to “put the finishing touches” on some of the tracks on the album. The album has been a labor of love for the band during the last year and a half, recording it in short increments when the members of the band had free time.
“We funded this album out of our own pockets, which we prefer because it takes a lot of the pressure off of the band for having to meet deadlines,” explained Flowers. “It also takes pressure off the band creatively by not feeling as though we have to live up to some expectation. The downside is that is usually takes us two months to make a record, and this has taken quite a bit longer.”
When the album is done, the band is hoping to ink a deal with a major label to release it on. Flowers says the band is already in discussion with several labels, and hopes to have a deal finalized in the coming weeks so they can finalize their plans for a release.
As for the sound of the album, Flowers says the band’s hiatus has helped them create a better record this time around.
“I think from a lyrical perspective having taken the time off, it’s allowed me to have a lot more experiences to draw upon,” explained Flowers. “An older, wiser, more focused band that shook off all of the wear and tear from having spent so much time on the road in the pressure cooker of that lifestyle. The time that we took was necessary for us to be able to put a better product on the table for people.”
The band has leaked the first single from the album to many radio stations. The track, called “Daylight” is currently one of the top 10 songs on the Alternative Addiction Top 20 chart.
Following the release of Oleander’s album next year, the band is expected to tour extensively throughout the US in support of the release.