On May 4, iconic alt-rock band Belly will return with Dove, their first album in 23 years. The announcement comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the group’s critically acclaimed debut, Star, which spawned the hit “Feed the Tree” and earned Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.
Following a tour in support of their sophomore effort, the sadly slept-on King, the rock pioneers parted ways in 1996. Lead singer Tanya Donelly, who also had a hand in the formation of the Breeders and Throwing Muses, released several solo albums in the intervening decades but became increasingly “homesick” for Belly in recent years. “We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music,” she says.
Dove, which features 11 new songs, was produced by Belly guitarist Tom Gorman and veteran producer Paul Q. Kolderi (Radiohead, Hole, the Lemonheads). The album’s lead single, “Shiny One,” was a completely collaborate effort. “When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally,” Donelly says.
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Belly will launch their first major tour since 1995 later this year.