Internationally beloved veteran Cincinnati act Over the Rhine has announced details for its follow-up to 2011’s excellent LP, The Long Surrender. Set for a Sept. 3 release, Meet Me at the Edge of the World will come out on bandleaders Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler’s Great Speckled Dog label.
At 19 tracks, the release will be a “double album.” The recordings were done in just six days, recorded live with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (who also recorded The Long Surrender). The forthcoming album is said to be inspired by the 1830s farmhouse about an hour’s drive from Cincinnati that the couple has been living in for the past eight years (while not touring) and the land and nature surrounding it. Eighteen of the tracks were written by Bergquist and Detweiler; they also recorded a cover of The Band’s song “It Makes No Difference” for the album.
OTR will pick up its touring pace in September to promote Meet Me at the Edge of the World, including dates aboard an “Alaskan Train Tour” and a Sept. 13 stop at Coney Island in Cincinnati. Visit overtherhine.com for more information.
Tweens Sign to Frenchkiss Records
Most who’ve heard or seen the widely buzzed-about Cincinnati Indie/Punk/Pop/Rock trio Tweens knew it was only a matter of time before a national label signed the band. It was no shock, then, when it was recently announced that the group — which just played the MidPoint Indie Summer series on Fountain Square and was hand-picked to open a string of high profile dates for The Breeders — has inked a deal with respected indie label, Frenchkiss Records.
Frenchkiss, which was started in 1999 by Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav, has become known for its consistently high-quality signings and ability to discover bands that have taken their acts to the next level, including The Hold Steady and Passion Pit. The label is currently home to acclaimed artists Local Natives, Bloc Party, Crocodiles and The Drums.
According to Frenchkiss, the threesome — Bridget Battle (vocals, guitar), Peyton Copes (bass) and Jerri Queen (drums/baking vocals) — will be recording its debut album for the label this summer.
Tweens’ next Cincinnati show is July 3, when they’ll perform as part of the outdoor Northside Rock and Roll Carnival. (facebook.com/tweencity)
More Local Notes
• Incredibly impressive young AltRock trio PUBLIC is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its first release, the four-track EP Red, this Wednesday. In honor of the occasion, the band — one of the “Best New Artist” nominees at the most recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards — is offering Red as a free download. Those interested in grabbing all four tracks without paying the usual $5 will have 24 hours on Wednesday to nab it at publictheband.com.
PUBLIC is currently readying a new single, “Honeybee,” which will drop in conjunction with the group’s appearance at the Bunbury Music Festival on the fest’s opening night, July 12.• Transcendent, rootsy local crew The Hiders are going to the movies this Friday — and you are more than welcome to join them. The band will be performing at Clifton’s Esquire Theatre at 11 p.m. Friday for a concert that will feature visual accompaniment by renowned Cincinnati artist Anthony Luensman (anthonyluensman.com). Availability of Junior Mints could not be confirmed by our press deadline, but there will be a cash bar. Admission is just $3. (thehiders.com)