Whether Fog rings a bell or not, you should know that the Minneapolis experimental rock group led by Andrew Broder has reunited. But that's not all: They announced details for a new album Thursday, and dropped a video for lead single "Trying."
The new album, Fog's first in nine years, is called For Good. It comes out April 29 on Twin Cities label Totally Gross National Product. For Good was funded by a 2014 Kickstarter campaign in which Broder raised $17,161 from 324 backers in two months.
Broder built up hype for the premiere of "Trying" through this series of cryptic tweets Thursday morning:
something something something
So it's been a long time.— FOG / FOR GOOD (@AndrewBroder) February 4, 2016
Missed you.— FOG / FOR GOOD (@AndrewBroder) February 4, 2016
Been working very hard.— FOG / FOR GOOD (@AndrewBroder) February 4, 2016
Fog actively churned out records from 2002’s self-titled to their last, Ditherer, in 2007. Ditherer was Fog’s debut as a full band and featured guests like Andrew Bird, Low, Dosh, and Yoni Wolf of Why?
And finally got something to show for it.— FOG / FOR GOOD (@AndrewBroder) February 4, 2016
Pitchfork called the album mundane, monotonous, and a “quilt of clashing colors,” and within a year of its release, Fog announced their demise via MySpace, the once go-to platform for all band-to-fan communication. RIP (to both Fog and MySpace, of course).
Soon after, Broder formed post-punk group the Cloak Ox, who won our Picked to Click poll in 2011.
Watch the video for Fog’s “Trying” below. It’s weird and spacey, putting more emphasis on electronic production than the traditional rock sounds of past Fog releases.