Belly heading into studio to record first new album in 23 years


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We’ve only recently hit the midway point of 2017, but here’s a good reason to look all the way into next year: There’s a good chance we’ll be getting a new album from Belly.

The reunited Boston alt-rock band — who returned to the stage exactly a year ago in Newport, Rhode Island — have announced they are headed back into the studio in coming weeks to record a new album. The as-yet-untitled LP will be Belly’s first in 23 years, the follow-up to 1995 sophomore record King.

“We very much appreciate all the patience regarding the new Belly material we’ve now promised several times!” they band writes on its website. “We really have been busy writing and demo’ing new songs since the conclusion of the reunion tour last year, and we’re happy to reveal that we’ll be going into the studio in just a couple of weeks with our old friend Paul Q. Kolderie working the knobs and faders. It is our hope that we’ll have a new Belly record ready for release sometime in 2018, and in the meantime we’re laying the ground-work for some touring to coincide!”

The reunion tour that is referenced in the band’s note included two August dates at Royale in Boston, and you can revisit the show by scanning through Matthew Shelter’s full gallery for Vanyaland below. The reunited Belly lineup features Tanya Donelly (guitar/vocals), Thomas Gorman (guitar), Chris Gorman (drums), and all-around ass-kicker and cancer survivor Gail Greenwood (bass).

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Belly 8 Credit Matthew Shelter

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