Chapel Hill's favorite piano-bashing indie rock not-yet superstar, Ben Folds,
and his trio, the Ben Folds Five (insert requisite math joke here) have a new
album, Whatever and Ever Amen (March 18) and a new label (Sony's 550) to
ring in the new year.
The grand piano-schlepping trio, who, if you ask us,
stole the show on the Lollapalooza second stage last summer, recorded the
12-song effort in Folds' home studio in Sept. and Oct. of 1996 with Caleb
Southern, who also produced their first, self-titled album.
off-beat Folds fashion, the only "special guests" on this go-'round are those
wacky Yiddishers, the Klezmatics, who pop up on "Steven's Last Night In Town."
The first single from the album will be the almost-too-hip sounding "Battle of
Who Could Care Less."
The band hits the road as the opening act for the
Counting Crows for nine shows beginning Mar. 31 in Vancouver at the Orpheum
Theater, after which they will headline a club tour, whose dates we'll give you
when we get them. OK?