Guster has announced the title, tracklisting, and first batch of tour dates in support of their new album Easy Wonderful which will be released October 5, 2010. They're also allowing fans to download a track "Bad Bad World" from the upcoming record free through their web site.
Easy Wonderful is the follow up to their acclaimed 2006 release Ganging Up On The Sun. The band didn't intend on taking four years between records but after touring behind Sun, three of the four members became first-time fathers. They also changed labels and spent time writing, recording, and touring intermittently, including a 10th Anniversary Tour for Lost & Gone Forever, and Adam Gardner continued his steady involvement in environmental activism.
Writing and recording had its share of ups and downs. They began working with a producer and those sessions were productive but the results weren't leading the band where they wanted to go. They took time away and started fresh. New songs were written and songs from the earlier sessions were reconsidered and tweaked.
What was left at the end of the recording sessions? Multi-instrumentalist Joe Pisapia says Easy Wonderful is "the classic Guster pop record." Drummer Brian Rosenworcel said, "When I try to describe our album to people I’ve been saying, we really just honed in on trying to write 12 great pop songs. I think Easy Wonderful is more consistent than anything we’ve done.”
The band has also announced a run of October tour dates for their Easy Wonderful tour. They'll kick things off in Nashville, where they recorded much of the album. Both Nashville and Charlotte's dates happen before the record is released. The first run of dates ends Oct. 29 in New York at the Beacon Theatre.
Here is the complete tracklisting for Easy Wonderful: