***disclaimer Okay, we don’t normally do this whole speculation thing, and by no means is this meant as a prediction; it’s just one blogmistress’ opinion after running some scenarios in her head.***
We are cautiously optimistic that a record will be released before the summer festival circuit begins, given that:
- Both Dan and Pat have said they’ve recorded a new album. Pat even generously provided us with instagram pics from Sunset Sound. :)
- The El Camino tour officially ended its epic 18-month run at Forecastle in July/13, so these festival dates would constitute a new tour.
- TBK’s official site seems to be undergoing some major changes: i.e. content has been removed from all pages except for the on-line store, which would indicate they are “re-tooling” so to speak.
- they are using a new promotional photo for these festival dates.
These are all indications that wheels are turning…
Okay, so… when?
Again, not a prediction, but we don’t expect a release date before February. Looking at it thusly, albums with announced release dates in late January and into February are in full promotional swing right now. It’s plausible that a March or April release date would give the fellas time to work out new material before they hit the big circuit in Europe in mid-June.
And another thing. Fandom: we are incredibly fortunate that Dan and Pat love what they do, work as hard as they do, and are so prodigious. Those two have done nothing but make great records and tour for eleven years straight. That’s amazing and we’re grateful. So please, a little patience. Tired of all the bellyachin’. You kids don’t know how lucky you are, etc. etc…
ps bulfie, thanks for your question! we don’t think being *hopeful* is a bad thing at all, bb :)