By 1992, singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield was already quite the prolific figure in the indie rock scene. Having underwent the breakup of her first band The Blake Babies just the year prior, the Boston native quickly returned to work by releasing her solo debut, Hey Babe, and collaborating regularly alongside The Lemonheads.
Around the same time, she recruited Moving Targets drummer Todd Phillips and Thudpucker bassist Dean Fisher to record as The Juliana Hatfield Three. Together, they released one excellent album, 1993’s Become What You Are, and snagged a sizable college rock radio hit with “My Sister”. Despite the success, Hatfield abruptly returned to her solo career with 1995’s Only Everything and hasn’t looked back. That was until now.
Recently, Hatfield announced her intention to reunite The Juliana Hatfield Three for a new album. Some 22 years after its predecessor, Whatever, My Love will hit shelves on February 17th, 2015 via American Laundromat.
Today, Hatfield and co. shared the record’s first single, “If I Could”. If the rays of ’90s-leaning alt country sunshine seem especially nostalgic, it should; the track’s been circulating as a demo for some time. As she explains in a statement, Hatfield only unearthed the track so it could finally be “done up proper.” Listen in below.
Below, read Hatfield’s message to fans who supported the album’s initial crowdfunding campaign.
Hi! This is Juliana. Here, as promised, is the first song for you to hear off the new Juliana Hatfield Three album which we could not have made without your help (thank you!).The song is called “If I Could” . The album is called “Whatever, My Love”. Some of you may have heard an older demo version of this song… I have always loved this song and I always wanted it to be done up properly and although this is not shockingly or radically different than the demo, I really love it. This is an unmastered version of the song–with Todd (drums) counting off the song at the top. I would bet that most of you won’t be able to discern much difference between the mastered and unmastered versions but I wanted to give you something slightly different–even if infinitesimally so–than the album version. During the tracking of the song, I played a keyboard solo and a guitar solo and after much back and forth I decided on using just the guitar solo. But I like the keyboard solo, too, and I am going to let you hear that version, too, soon (not today but soon). I thought about putting both solos in at the same time but ultimately things were too complicated when they were both in the mix–the gtrs and keys were canceling each other out, or getting in each others’ ways, or something. You know me and I don’t have to tell you that the whole album doesn’t sound like this–there are some raunchier rockers in there along with some other pretty things. We hope you love it all……