Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, and Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus all helped out on a new album from Australia’s Go-Betweens, due in September.
Recorded in February, “The Friends Of Rachel Worth” is The Go-Betweens’ first album of new material since 1989′s “16 Lovers Lane.” The ten-track LP features Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstone and Corin Tucker on guitar and vocals, Sleater-Kinney and Quasi’s Janet Weiss on drums, and Quasi’s Sam Coomes and Smith on keyboards.
Singer-guitarists Grant McLennan and Robert Forster founded The Go-Betweens in 1977 in Brisbane. Combining inspiration from ’60s folk and ’70s punk, the band developed an international following as part of a wave of other down-under artists such as The Church and Died Pretty. The Go-Betweens called it quits in 1990, but McLennan and Forster occasionally worked together after the breakup.
Last year, Go-Betweens material surfaced on “Bellavista Terrace: Best Of The Go-Betweens,” released
on Beggar’s Banquet, and “78–79: Lost Album,” issued by JetSet.