The Replacements are recording new material.
The band, who played live for the first time in 22 years at the Toronto leg of alt-rock roadshow Riot Fest in August 2013, are currently touring. Their co-manager Darren Hill has told Billboard that the group have laid down “seven or eight” new songs.
“It just a question of what the band wants to ultimately do with them,” says Hill. Speaking about switching between live dates and studio time, he added: “It’s really difficult to shift modes, but the good news is that the band is really gelling, and that’s got to translate when they go back in to the studio.”
The Replacements play live in London at the Roundhouse on June 2 and 3, following their performance at Spain’s Primavera festival. Founding members Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have been joined in the reunion line-up by well-known session musicians Josh Freese and Dave Minehan.
The Replacements formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 and played their final live show before breaking up in Chicago on July 21, 1991. They have since been hailed as an influence by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, who said attending a Replacements gig “changed my whole life”, as well as by The Cribs, The Goo Goo Dolls and They Might Be Giants. The band’s original lead guitarist Bob Stinson, older brother of Tommy, passed away in 1995.