Butthole Surfers to record first new album in 16 years
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For the first time in nearly two decades, alternative rock legends Butthole Surfers are planning to record a new album. Earlier this month, the Austin Chronicle revealed that long time Surfers engineer Stuart Sullivan mentioned that the group is heading back in the studio during a meeting with the Austin, Texas City Council music advisory board. The as yet untitled album will be the first new record the band is put out since 2001’s Weird Revolution.

From 1981 to the late 2000s, the Butthole Surfers put out some of the most aggressively strange and original music in rock history. The band also established a reputation for staging the most surreal and thrilling live shows in America. Although the way, the group improbably experienced some mainstream success when 1996 album Electriclarryland went gold. However, as opposed to many alt-rock groups that sanded off their rough edges to chase stardom, the Surfers went in the opposite direction by moving away from the sound that made them famous to explore hip-hop and electronica soundscapes.

In 2009, Butthole Surfers played what frontman Gibby Haynes claimed might be the band’s last show in Austin. Afterward, the group ceased being a regularly touring act and putting out new music. However, as guitarist Paul Leary told The Quietus in March, the quartet felt inspired to get back into the music game in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election. “It's time to make a new Butthole Surfers album,” said Leary. “Especially now that Trump is president, jeez! If there was ever a time for a Butthole Surfers album it's f------ now. It just doesn't get any weirder than that.”