It has just been announced that the piano rock trio, Ben Folds Five have officially reunited for a new album.
There have been many indicators over the past few years that would suggest that a new album from the now 12 years defunct band was pertinent. In 2008, Ben Folds, Darren Jesse, and Robert Sledge, played their first show since their 2000 breakup, to perform their subtly influential album, “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner,” in its entirety for an exclusive MySpace performance with great results. Also, last year saw Ben Folds releasing a career spanning retrospective that’s deluxe edition boasted three newly recorded songs by the band.
Folds took to Twitter yesterday to confirm the reunion, tweeting, “It’s happening fo sho – Day 1 in studio with Robert and Darren through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord” followed by an indication of when we’ll be able to hear it, stating, “Spring release.”
While Ben Folds has eased into his middle age in a musical comfort zone, scoring music for children’s films and working on vanity projects like his collaborative album with author Nick Hornby, there was a time where he and his BFF bandmates rocked far more than the suburbs, all without the aid of a guitar.
For an example of the band’s fury and popcraft, check out this performance of “Song for the Dumped” from 1997 below.
Ben Folds Five – “Song for the Dumped”