Back in January, along with the announcement of a North American tour, The Who announced that they would be releasing their first album of new material in 13 years in 2019. True to their word, today the band detailed that new album, WHO.
Featuring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, plus drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino, the album was co-produced by Townshend with D. Sardy. It's set for a November 22 release.
You can check out its first single, "Ball and Chain," below.
“I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973," Daltrey said of the album in a statement. "Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge."
“This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions," Townshend added. "There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice.
"Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are ok, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today. I made new home studio demos of all these songs in the summer of 2018 using a wide collection of instruments old and new. We started recording as The Who in March 2019, and have finished now in late August just in time to make some vinyl - maybe even some cassettes - ready for release in November."
You can preorder WHO here, and check out its album art and tracklist below.
For more on The Who, head on over to the band's website.
The Who - WHO
1. All This Music Must Fade
2. Ball And Chain
3. I Don’t Wanna Get Wise
5. Beads On One String
6. Hero Ground Zero
7. Street Song
8. I’ll Be Back
9. Break The News
10. Rockin’ In Range
11. She Rocked My World