The Waterboys have never been a hugely successful band commercially, but they’ve had a profound effect on rock musicians just to the left of the mainstream. Interest in the group has surged recently, with artists as diverse as Ellie Goulding, The War on Drugs, and even Prince covering their songs, so it seems like a good time to release a new album.
For Modern Blues (out April 7), The Waterboys’ sole permanent member, Mike Scott, relocated from Dublin to Nashville, where he recruited some local talent, including bassist David Hood from nearby Muscle Shoals, father of Drive-By Truckers front man Patterson Hood and the person responsible for the gloriously thundering low-end on Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
The album’s lead single, “Beautiful Now,” injects a streak of Southern soul into the punchy, punk-inflected rock that’s made The Waterboys the object of cult adoration. You can preorder Modern Blues now.