Juliana Hatfield "Pussycat" (Pre-Order, Ships in April)
Catalog Number: ALR-0040
Release Date: 04/28/17
- I Wanna Be Your Disease
- Impossible Song
- You're Breaking My Heart
- When You're A Star
- Good Enough For Me
- Short-Fingered Man
- Touch You Again
- Sex Machine
- Wonder Why
- Sunny Somewhere
- Everything Is Forgiven
Juliana is signing the first 200 Pink LP orders + all the Vinyl Bundle & Pussycat Bundle orders.
Pussycat Bundle = 1 Cassette + 1 CD + 1 Pink LP + 1 Peach LP
All Bundles include a Juliana Hatfield Lion Decal + One-Inch Pin Set
*Vinyl pre-orders may need to be shipped a few weeks later than the April 28th release date due to vinyl production times outside our control. If this is the case, you will be notified by email and sent an album download link before the release date so you may enjoy the album while waiting on your order.
Vinyl Pressing 1 = 700 Pink Vinyl, 300 Peach Vinyl
Cassettes = One-Time Run of 250 Pink Cassettes
LP and Cassette include digital download card
Juliana is back with 14 brand new songs, including the instant-classic "Wonder Why"
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.
But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fourteen brand-new songs. Hatfield produced and played every instrument other than drums—bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals. From start to finish—recording through mixing—the whole thing took a total of just twelve and a half days to complete.
“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” says Hatfield. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands—it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently-- looser, more confident, better.”
“Pussycat” comes on the heels of last year’s Hatfield collaboration with Paul Westerberg, the I Don’t Cares’ “Wild Stab” album, and before that, 2015’s Juliana Hatfield Three (“My Sister”, “Spin The Bottle”) reunion/reformation album, “Whatever, My Love”.
“I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan,” says Hatfield. “I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”
”Pussycat” is being released into a very tense, divided and inflamed America. The songs are reflective of that atmosphere—angry (“When You’re A Star”), defiant (“Touch You Again”), disgusted (“Rhinoceros”), but also funny (“Short-Fingered Man”), reflective (“Wonder Why”), righteous (“Heartless”) and even hopeful (“Impossible Song”, with its chorus of ‘What if we tried to get along/and sing an impossible song’).