On their forthcoming album, Sweetheart Of The Sun, The Bangles capture the two crucial elements that created the bond that formed the group: their common love for rock's golden age and the crystalline sound they quite naturally created.
Sweetheart Of The Sun (Model Music Group), the group's first album of new material in nearly eight years, is filled with a fresh batch of definitive Bangles songs. Due out September 13, Sweetheart Of The Sun reveals The Bangles - guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs, guitarist/singer Vicki Peterson and drummer/singer Debbi Peterson - at their equally beguiling extremes, as soaring folk-rock harmonies coexist with adrenalized rave-ups inspired by the band's roots in Nuggets-era garage rock.
"As we were finishing the record," says Vicki, "we started to realize there was a unifying theme - paradise lost in Southern California, the perception juxtaposed with the reality of it." Susanna picks up the thought: "L.A. is like paradise - the sun shines 360 days a year, the flowers are always in bloom - but meanwhile, so many people are walking around alienated, depressed and anxious."
Some of the 10 original songs on this 12-song album are new, while others had extremely long gestation periods, tucked away, but not forgotten, as Susanna puts it. The oldest, dating back to the early '90s, is Debbi's high-revving aggro kiss-off "Ball N Chain"; while the three of them jointly came up with the newest song, the shimmering opening track "Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)," during the recording sessions.
"I think it's important for all of us to keep moving on and creating," says Debbi. "Because that's why we got into this in the first place."
The complete track list for Sweetheart Of The Sun is as follows:
01. Annalee (Sweetheart Of The Sun)
02. Lay Yourself Down
03. Under A Cloud
04. I Will Never Be Through With You
05. Through Your Eyes
06. Ball & Chain
07. One Of Two
08. What A Life
10. Circles In The Sky
11. Sweet And Tender Romance
12. Open My Eyes