The Lonely Biscuits to Release New Album, Set December Tour Dates (Exclusive)
The Lonely Biscuits is on its way up.
The Nashville-based foursome, who won mtvU's first College Artist Woodie Award in March, is setting its sights on a new album following the surge of attention, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
"There has been good momentum ever since we won the award. There has been some cool press and gaining a lot of new fans," band member Sam Gidley tells THR. Following the Woodie Award, the band -- who fuse soul, funk and pop with rap -- signed to William Morris Endeavor (WME) and Red Light Management.
Founding members Grady Wenrich and Gidley were roommates at Belmont University who began to make music out of their dorm room in September 2011. John Paterini joined from across the hall, with Nick Byrd rounding out the group two months later as bass guitarist.
Titled Things Sure Have Changed, the band's fourth EP will be self-released Oct. 29 through iTunes and on its official website. THR exclusively debuts the album art below.
"This EP is definitely different from the other ones," Gidley says. "We spent a lot of time on the songs and played them a lot before we recorded them. A lot of our other EPs, we just wrote and recorded and put them out. This one we babied a little more and let it mature over time."
Added Wenrich: "This whole EP is a concept. It's got a story behind it and each story leads into the next." The tracks tell the story of a boy and a girl, "and you can figure out the rest from the lyrics," hints Wenrich, who adds that this is the first time the band has molded a cohesive story for an album.
The album's cohesiveness came as a happy accident. "We had all the songs written and we noticed that it told a story, so we put the songs in order so that it would make sense," Gidley says. "We didn't plan it at all. It just sort of happened that way."
Some tour dates have also been added: On Dec. 10, The Lonely Biscuits will hit Memphis' Newby's; on Dec. 11, the band drops by Kansas City's Czar Bar and on Dec. 13, the band will play in Lincoln's Bourbon Theatre. The band next heads to Nashville's Mercy Lounge on Oct. 3.
Though the band has been self-releasing its albums, Gidley says they are "open to anything" in regards to potentially signing with a record label. "We're letting it ride out and grow as organically as it can for now and if an opportunity comes that we can't pass up, then we'll go from there," he says.
For now, plans for a first full-length album are on the back burner. "We definitely want our first full-length to reach a lot of people so it'd be nice if we get it through a distribution deal on a label, but we're not really sure yet. But it's coming soon," Wenrich says.