Milwaukee alt-rockers Violent Femmes are due to return with their ninth LP, and first since 2000’s Freak Magnet, in March. If there was any worry that a 16-year break from full-length albums — the band released an EP Happy New Year last year — had left too much rust on their six-strings, the first tune off We Can Do Anything proves the collection’s title is anything but ironic: The new song, “Memory,” feels like it could have fit anywhere in the early-’80s Femmes catalog.
“There was a massive amount of material to draw from,” vocalist and guitarist Gordon Gano said in a statement about the forthcoming album, due out March 4. “I had so many cassette tapes, with songs and musical ideas recorded over 20 years or more. First we had to bring them into the digital world as to be able to access them and then it was just an incredible amount of listening. We did a whole lot of compiling and discovering forgotten songs.”
The tune, which debuted via NPR Wednesday, was actually written years ago. “We even recorded it as a demo many years ago,” Gano said. “And then it was forgotten about until digging into [our] archives, which led us to record it anew and release it.” Hear it below.