Atlanta’s Norma Jean have recently completed tracking their new album which will be released this coming June on Razor & Tie. The album was recorded at Covenant Recording Studios in Kansas City with producer Josh Barber and is being mixed by Jeremy Griffith. The new studio album will be the band’s sixth full length album and second release with Razor & Tie, following 2010’s critically acclaimed Meridional.
Norma Jean will hit the road next week playing a series of dates including shows at SXSW in Austin TX as well as the SXSWhat Festival (dates below).
“We had a lot of fun writing this record. We moved our space to a secluded area and wrote off and on for about two years. We really pushed ourselves to do something really different while expanding on what we’ve done in the past. We also slapped some old school classic Norma Jean nastiness on it. We really struggled between wanting to have the fastest songs we’ve ever written to having the most groove driven songs, so the record is about half and half. We originally thought we would have been in and out of the studio by February 2012. We set the bar really high and once that time came around we discovered that the record wasn’t ready. We felt it was best to push it back and make sure we didn’t put out something that we were going to be less satisfied with. We experimented with strings, piano, organ, percussion and tons of live tracks that all will be present on this record,” explains Norma Jean lead vocalist Cory Brandan.
Norma Jean released their fifth album, Meridional, to critical acclaim in July 2010. The five-piece metal band from Atlanta has previously released four records prior to Meridional, selling over 415,000 albums. The Grammy-nominated band is known for their aggressively artful sound which was once again delivered in their seethingly raw album, Meridional. Alternative Press called the album “Norma Jean’s first true masterpiece” and named it one of the Top 10 Essential Albums of 2010 along with naming Brandan Best Vocalist in their MVR’s (Most Valuable Rockers) of 2010.
NORMA JEAN TOUR DATES
March 14 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (w/ South by Dirty South)
March 14 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar – (Metal Sucks SXSW Showcase)
March 15 – Austin, TX – Firehouse – (Tilly’s SXSW Showcase)
March 16 – Grand Prairie, TX – QuikTripPark (South By So What Festival)
March 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (Houston We Have a Problem Festival)
March 18 – Fayetteville, AR – NWA Showcase Theater
March 19 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
March 20 – Chattanooga, TN – The Warehouse