Atlanta, Georgia's NORMA JEAN has completed recording its new album for a June release via Razor & Tie. The CD was tracked at Covenant Recording Studios in Kansas City with producer Josh Barber and is being mixed by Jeremy Griffith. The band's sixth full-length effort will be their second release with Razor & Tie, following 2010's critically acclaimed "Meridional".
"We had a lot of fun writing this record," says NORMA JEAN lead vocalist Cory Brandan. "We moved our space to a secluded area and wrote off and on for about two years. We really pushed ourselves to do something really different while expanding on what we've done in the past. We also slapped some old school classic NORMA JEAN nastiness on it. We really struggled between wanting to have the fastest songs we've ever written to having the most groove-driven songs, so the record is about half and half.
"We originally thought we would have been in and out of the studio by February 2012. We set the bar really high and once that time came around we discovered that the record wasn't ready. We felt it was best to push it back and make sure we didn't put out something that we were going to be less satisfied with. We experimented with strings, piano, organ, percussion and tons of live tracks that all will be present on this record."
NORMA JEAN will hit the road next week playing a series of dates, including shows at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas and the SXSWhat Festival.
NORMA JEAN's last album, "Meridional", sold 9,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 45 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's fourth CD, "The Anti Mother", opened with more than 16,000 copies back in August 2008 to land at No. 29.
"Meridional" was released on July 13, 2010 via Razor & Tie.