'90s alt faves Belly return to studio for first time in 23 years

The alt rockers will soon be delivering a new album — joining a movement of resurgent '90s bands

Published July 10, 2017 2:41PM (EDT)

Belly (Reprise Records)
Belly (Reprise Records)

According to frontwoman Tanya Donnelly, '90s alt-rock group Belly will be returning to the recording studio for the first time since the creation of the band's 1995 album, "King". In a post on Belly's website, Donnelly wrote:

We very much appreciate all the patience regarding the new Belly material we’ve now promised several times! We really have been busy writing and demo’ing new songs since the conclusion of the reunion tour last year, and we’re happy to reveal that we’ll be going into the studio in just a couple of weeks with our old friend Paul Q. Kolderie working the knobs and faders. It is our hope that we’ll have a new Belly record ready for release sometime in 2018, and in the meantime we’re laying the ground-work for some touring to coincide!

Already, Belly — noted for its 1993 MTV hit "Feed the Tree" — had reunited last year, bringing the original lineup back together for the first time since their 1996 for a series of concerts. Donnelly, who first came to prominence in the band Throwing Muses, had helped reform that act in 2003 after leaving it full time in 1991.

Through their new live dates and forthcoming album, Belly has very much joined the surge in revived or reunited indie music acts from the 1990s.

Last decade saw the return of the Pixies, who regrouped for after an 11-year hiatus to tour and then offer two new albums (though they lost original bassist Kim Deal in 2013). Sleater-Kinney, also reformed in 2014 after an 8-year break and Helium is playing shows for the first time in 19 years. Mazzy Star, Sebadoh, My Bloody Valentine, Live and others have either reformed in some way or reintroduced their classic lineups for tours, albums or both in recent years — all part of a trend that's collected a fair share of criticism, but proven that once-lost acts from the 1990s remain strong ticket draws.

By Gabriel Bell

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