Billboard: Replacements Plan New Music, Vinyl Box Sets, Documentary

There is a plethora of news in this Billboard interview with Darren Hill, who manages Paul and co-manages The Replacements.

The Replacements Back on Track: Recording New Music, Vinyl Box Sets, Documentary Planned

The Replacements have a number of projects in the works: this summer Rhino will release two previously unannounced vinyl box sets consisting of the band’s Twin\Tone years (the holy quartet of Sorry Ma, I Forgot to Take Out the Garbage (sic), Stink, Hootenanny and Let it Be) and Sire releases (Tim, Pleased to Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down).

Also on tap is a biography titled Trouble Boys, (penned by Memphis Commercial Appeal writer Bob Mehr) and a deal for a documentary with “Oscar-winning filmmakers” is currently in the works. Hill also mentions a project for later in the year that he claims is going to “huge.”

“Huge”? Tell us more, please!

Daren also discusses the disappointment at the first Coachella show:

“I was broken after that,” Darren Hill from the band’s management tells Billboard. “I remember going back to the hotel that night with Paul, sitting by the pool and trying to boost morale. ‘Those kids would rather be in an EDM tent tripping on ecstasy than seeing one of the best rock and roll bands in the world.’ Obviously that wasn’t our scene. That’s why we decided to do this tour, because we needed to play to our fans and do our own show.”

What about the possibility of some new music?

Recording, however, hasn’t been easy. Currently unsigned, the group has hit the studio twice without releasing a proper song: Once at Minehan’s Woolly Mammoth Sound in Waltham, Mass. and again at the home studio of Kevin Bowe in Minneapolis. So far, the only song to see the light of day is “Poke Me in My Cage,” an interminable 24-minute improvisational jazz piece posted on their SoundCloud page with the hashtag #porcupinepiss, a nod to the Mats’ long tradition of snotty humor.

But Hill — who co-manages the band with Stinson’s manager Ben Perlstein — says the combined sessions actually resulted in seven or eight actual songs that may or may not see the light of day. “It just a question of what the band wants to ultimately do with them,” he says, adding that Westerberg still has a backlog of songs “you wouldn’t believe,” and that Stinson also has “tons of great songs.”

But with the band on tour until mid-June, they’ve hit the pause button on recording. “It’s really difficult to shift modes,” says Hill. “But the good news is that the band is really gelling, and that’s got to translate when they go back in to the studio.”

And congratulations to Darren who will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Raindogs.


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