Release date: September 2010
Blood/Candy is the seventh studio album by Seattle power pop band The Posies, released on 28 September 2010 on Rykodisc. It is the band's first new album release in five years.
The idea for a new album came about during the Frosting On The Beater anniversary tour in 2008, and according to Stringfellow, a meeting with Rykodisc in '09 really set the wheels in motion. "They were enthusiastic enough to say, 'Hey, we should really make this happen, and soon.' And we were like, 'Sounds like a great idea.' Starting last year, we had the idea to start recording by this spring, knowing that we had to write some songs."
The Posies say this is something totally different than they've tried before. "We subscribe to the 'evolve or perish' philosophy," co-founder Jon Auer says in a statement. "We directed ourselves to new places with this recording and tried not to travel down familiar paths when it could be avoided. Expect the unexpected".
Blood/Candy is the first Posies album for which Auer and Stringfellow actually wrote material in advance of the recording sessions since Amazing Disgrace in 1996. "One of the things I was hoping to do on this record," says Auer, "was go back to the idea of Ken and me writing most of the songs, versus the last recording we did, where we kind of cobbled things together in the studio with everyone. I just felt like we needed to have that time to prepare and actually sit down and write." As a result, Stringfellow says, "I would say that I feel the songs on this one a bit deeper… there's stuff from way down in there that I think gives it a little more soul."
A smattering of stellar guests lend their talents on the record, including the angelic-voiced Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo, and Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene. Even punk legend Hugh Cornwell checks in with a standout vocal turn, having been drawn into the proceedings by Matt Harris' Stranglers-influenced bassline on "Plastic Paperbacks."
"This record has more of a 'Science Fiction' sound to it, if you will, more buzzes and electronic bells and whistles percolating throughout," says Auer. "We wanted to keep everyone's eardrums guessing with this, always on alert for the next left-of-center waveform."