Ben Lee Hits The Road

New album due in the spring.

That other Australian teen rocker, Ben Lee, is

about to hit the road as the opening act for the Lemonheads, in a set that is

sure to preview some of the 20-odd songs he recorded for his sophomore solo

album, due in April.

The still-untitled offering, recorded this past Dec.

at the Beastie Boys' G-Son studios with Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt), is

described by the folks at Grand Royal as being "very folk-oriented" and

"rootsier" than Lee's work with his now-defunct teen trio, Noise Addict.

As ATN reported previously, the CD will feature guest spots from a number

of GR associates, including Wood himself on drums and bass, Beastie Mike D

(drums), Hole's Melissa Auf Der Maur (backing vocals on two songs), Petra

Hayden (violin, cello), Al Bloch (brother of the Fastbacks' Kurt Bloch and

member of My Favorite Martian), playing bass on one track, Grand Royal staff

member Jamie Fraser (theremin) and Patrick Yonally of the band Johnny Go!,

playing some slide guitar.

This tour also marks 18-year-old Lee's first as

a high school graduate, so no more cramming for exams between gigs.

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