According to Terry Manning, Widespread Panic will be releasing a single on October 15.
Wed, 10 October Manning wrote:
For any who have been following this thread, there will be a single released next Monday, Oct. 15.Earlier, Manning talked about the upcoming album and said:
The song is "Up All Night." It originated from Jojo, and then received further band input. Background vocals are sung by the same three person group that backed Al Green on all of his great soul hits, and a horn section (part of which played on the Wilson Pickett classics) honks throughout.
And it can now be told that Panic's contract with Sanctuary was up with the last album, and they have decided not to go with a major label for this new one. Their own label, Widespread Records, will be handling things directly with the consumer. A subcontracted indy distributor will ensure hard product gets into appropriate stores (any stores that are left) and one stops.
By the way, all of this happened well in advance of the recent "Radiohead" news and resultant threads, so this is not a "copycat" scenario.
The new single will be available free for download in an mp3 format from various sites.
iTunes will be carrying it, but so far Apple have not allowed the band to give it away through the iTunes site, so there (for now at least) will be a 99¢ charge for the AAC.
Radio receive the track tomorrow.
As for the rest of the album, we have been experimenting with a few other little overdubs, but things are almost finished now.
Thanks again to all for your interest.
I think the fans, as well as the general public, will be quite surprised by this album. It is something that few groups today can, or could make, both from the musical sense, as well as the ability to spend the time and money necessary to achieve the results.
We have songs in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, and other tempos I'm not sure I can quantify. We have acoustic instruments, electric instruments, synthesised instruments, antique instruments, you name it.
We have very hard rock. We have very quiet rock. We have symphonic rock. We have almost-approaching country, and jazz, and vaudeville.
12 string guitar
Wurlitzer electric piano
Rhodes electric piano
Orchestral tympani drum
Protein powder can lids
...lots more percussion instruments...
Male backing vocals
Female backing vocals
..and lots more on this album.
We all look forward to the new album coming later this year.