Glenn Mercer, singer/guitarist/co-founder of New Jersey's modestly legendary Feelies, is a warm, soft-spoken guy who hasn't altered much of anything about his music in, oh, twenty years. Sound of the City recently chatted with him about his band's new and old material--Here Before, the Feelies' recent album, is the group's first since 1991--his band's critical stature, and how the vinyl resurgence has affected him.
The Feelies reunited in 2008. What happened with the band in the three years leading up to [2011's] Here Before?
Well, we played shows, mostly on the East Coast, and started writing songs around that time. And we realized after about a year and a half, that we get together so infrequently that for us to really make another album, we had to put our live shows on the back burner. And it was about a year since making the decision to make an album the top priority. So it was about a year of writing all the songs, rehearsing, mixing, recording. It was a slow process, since we're really kind of spread out: Bill's in Florida, Brenda's in Pennsylvania.More »