What's more rock 'n' roll than free markets and Peggy Noonan? If we're to ask Twin Cities alt-country greats the Jayhawks — which we absolutely did not — the answer might just be "nothin.'"
On Thursday the band opted to debut their new single, "Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces,” via the Wall Street Journal. Does the melodious, sweetly jamming power-pop number vibe with the the stuffy, conservative-leaning newspaper? Not especially, but the song was inspired by print media.
“I tend to write stream of consciousness, but also cut things out of newspapers and magazines,” frontman Gary Louris tells WSJ. “I had cut out [that] title and I knew from there I wanted to write a big, sweeping pop song.”
"Quiet Corners & Empty Spaces," which you can listen to below, is the lead single from the Jayhawk's forthcoming album Paging Mr. Proust, due out April 29. The band announced last year that R.E.M.'s Peter Buck produced the album, and Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Decemberists) added additional recording assists.
Paging Mr. Proust, the group's ninth full-length release, features their late-'90s lineup, as co-frontman Mark Olson is yet again out after returning for 2011’s Mockingbird Time.
“I don’t ever want to see Gary Louris again, nor do I want him singing my songs," Olson told the Strib in 2014. Must be more of a New York Times guy. While still pals in the early '90s, Louris and Olson helped pioneer the alt-country genre along with bands like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown.
The Louris-led 'Hawks will be on the road for the bulk of 2016, according to their website, but no local dates are scheduled yet.