The Juliana Hatfield Three has reformed with the original lineup
of Todd Philips (drums), Dean Fisher (bass), and Juliana Hatfield (guitar,
vocals, keyboards, percussion) to release their sophomore album
Whatever, My Love available February 17th on American Laundromat Records.
Recorded at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, NJ and co-produced
by Hatfield and Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Guided By Voices, Minor Alps)
the twelve songs on Whatever, My Love are gorgeous and punk
sleazy and sweet, unsentimental and funny. Hatfield, humble as always,
acknowledges that, “We haven’t totally reinvented the wheel or anything”
with this new album and that the recordings exhibit “stuff I am sort of known for,
I guess”: a guitar-centric melodicism and lyrical examinations of emotional confusion. “But I am a lot more confident now than I was then with the first album…”
Whatever, My Love comes 21 years after the trio’s Become What You Are debuted
on Atlantic Records. The 1993 album was an influential force of uncompromising,
original guitar pop/rock and secured a permanent place in alternative rock history
with the radio hits “My Sister” and “Spin The Bottle.”
With their new album, The Juliana Hatfield Three has in a sense responded
to its former directive to “become what you are” by making an album that is exactly
what it wants to be, identifiable in its acceptance—and celebration—of the eternally unknowable and unsolvable. The music is fresh and inspired; fully present and alive.
In the years since Become What You Are, Juliana Hatfield’s musical output
has never slackened; on various major and independent labels, she has released
an average of one album a year, solo and with other projects (Some Girls,
Blake Babies, Minor Alps). Todd Philips has had a successful career in the film industry
in L.A. and has also recently been touring as the drummer for
the Lemonheads. Dean Fisher has been playing music in the Boston area,
most notably with Tanya Donelly, and Dylan in the Movies.
The Juliana Hatfield Three will be on tour in North America in February and March of 2015. Further details TBA. Whatever, My Love is currently available for exclusive pre-order at American Laundromat Records (www.alr-music.com).