‘Good Times!’ is the band’s first album since 1996’s ‘Justus’ and the 2012 passing of member Davy Jones. The band will be commemorating their 50th anniversary with a tour starting next month.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Cuomo explained that he’s “always identified with [The Monkees] musical aesthetic,” citing the chord changes and melodies as particular inspirations. “I’m super stoked to be writing a song for The Monkees,” he said.
‘Good Times!’ not only features help from Cuomo, there are songwriting credits for Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue. The band have also penned some of the tracks themselves.
The Monkees were formed to star in a television show of the same name, which ran from 1966-1968. The band continued after the show finished before splitting in 1971. The Monkees last toured the UK in 2011, playing a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
This new tour will include a stop at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on September 4. Founding members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will perform at the gig, with fellow surviving member Michael Nesmith not thought to be involved. ‘Good Times!’ will be released on May 27.
You can listen to ‘She Makes Me Laugh’ below.