Ryan Adams joins the Lemonheads on new album

Singer to produce and perform on 'punker'-sounding record that will see Evan Dando reunite with co-founder Ben Deily

Lemonheads co-founders Evan Dando and Ben Deily are reuniting for the band's forthcoming album, and they've enlisted a new member – Ryan Adams.

"Dream come true," Adams tweeted this week. "Back to the punker sounds." The singer said he will be heading into the studio this weekend to produce and play drums on the new record.

The Lemonheads were founded as a hardcore band by Dando, Deily and Jesse Peretz in 1986, with Deily a major creative force on the band's first three albums, Hate Your Friends, Creator and Lick. After Deily left in 1989 to pursue his studies and seek a job in advertising, the Lemonheads quickly became the name for whatever band was backing Dando in any given week.

"The idea is that every red-blooded American wants to grow up to be a rock star and the idea that I didn't want it then, I don't want it now, and I never wanted that – people don't believe it," Deily said in an interview last year of his departure from the band. "And they don't believe it any more than saying you don't want to be rich or I don't want to be an NBA all-star. I just wanted to have leather patches on my cardigan sweater."

The split was acroimonious enough that Deily responded to the success of the 1992 Lemonheads album It's a Shame About Ray by releasing an EP with his band the Pods called It's a Bummer About Bourbie, Bourbie being a nickname for Dando.

Earlier this year, Dando toured with a different version of the Lemonheads, performing the entirety of It's a Shame About Ray. Shortly thereafter, former bass player Juliana Hatfield announced that she would rejoin the group for a US tour with the Psychedelic Furs. She has retweeted Adams' comments about the new album, apparently confirming the news.

The Lemonheads' last album was 2009's Varshons, a covers record.


Sean Michaels

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