Hootie & The Blowfish On The Personal-Universal Themes Of New Album

It’s not uncommon in the music business for an album that sells 2 million copies to still be considered a commercial disappointment, a fact Hootie & the Blowfish discovered with its last album, 1996′s “Fairweather Johnson.”

The band is hoping that the industry spin will be a little more positive for its new album, “Musical Chairs,” which arrived in stores this week. But as the band told MTV News, fans shouldn’t expect too dramatic a departure in the new album from the sound and style of the band’s first two records.

“I think a lot of our songs end up being about personal things that a lot of people can relate to,” guitarist Mark Bryan said, “and that’s a cool way to approach it. And I think with Darius, too — lyrically. All his lyrics have dealt with people in his family, his characters in his songs and there’s more of that on this record… So it’s just sort of a continuation of that, but obviously with different themes since we’re older — relationships change as you grow
up, but they still exist.”

Hootie & the Blowfish have just released the first single from “Musical Chairs,” for the track “I Will Wait” [28.8 RealVideo] , and on Friday the band is set to perform at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.