Realizing that 135,000 misfits can't be wrong (the number of fans who either
bought copies of the band's coffin-shaped greatest-hits package, or the single
CD Collection 2), the Misfits recently entombed themselves in a New York
studio to record their first album of all-new material in over ten years.
Produced by longtime Ramones collaborator Daniel Raye, the album,
tentatively-titled Misfits (April 8), will be the band's first for
Geffen Records and will feature two original members Jerry Only (bass) and his
brother Doyle (guitar), plus drummer Dr. Chud and front-man Michael Graves, who
replaces original singer Glenn Danzig.
Raye said the new songs, 23 of
which have been recorded in a New York studio over the past two months, are in
the "same twisted vein as the original Misfits stuff." About his maiden voyage
with the band that launched the career of the now, ahem, pumped-up industrial
rocker Danzig, Raye said, "It's the first time I've worked with them, but it's
been really amazing, because they're one of my favorite bands and they sound
better than ever." Raye expects at least 20 of the songs will end up on the
album since "they're all only about a minute and a half long."
titles so far include "Speak of the Devil," "The Hunger," "From Hell They
Came," "Dig Up Her Bones," "Don't Open Til Doomsday," "Hate the Living, Love
the Dead" and "Resurrection." The current line-up's maiden show took place at
Coney Island High in New York on Halloween of 1995.