Matchbox Twenty Reveal Title, Release Date for First Album in 10 Years
Matchbox Twenty's first album in a decade has a title and release date. North will be out on September 4, the band announced on Twitter, adding that the album's first single, "She's So Mean," is due out in June.
North marks only the fourth full-length from Rob Thomas and crew. Their last effort, 2002's More Than You Think You Are, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2007, Matchbox Twenty released Exile on Mainstream, a Greatest Hits collection featuring seven new songs recorded with Steve Lillywhite (The Killers, Dave Matthews Band).
Longtime producer Matt Serletic took the reins on North, which was mostly recorded in his Calabasas, Calif. studio. "This isn't a 'We all have mortgages' record,'" Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter in April. "This is a 'We don't have to do this, but we're doing it because we want to' record. It feels really good to be in that position.”
The band began the writing process in Nashville, sequestering themselves to a complex of cabins in order to spur a creative flow of ideas -- among other fluid offerings. Read more about how North came together here.
Although the band has been out of the public eye and off the road for some time, their music remains popular as ever. To wit: on American Idol this past week, finalist Phillip Phillips chose to perform Matchbox's "Disease" on Top 3 night. While he received lukewarm reviews from the judges, the band had his back.
"Don't listen to those judges ... We liked it," they tweeted. "Unless not listening to those judges gets you kicked off."