Local ears are set to hear some new music from the Baptist Generals today.
The Denton band is releasing its long-awaited record, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, in May after a 10-year wait. The album will get its public debut with a listening party at 2 p.m. today at Dan’s Silverleaf.
“We’re just going to set up a turntable and play the album for whoever wants to come hear it,” said frontman and songwriter Chris Flemmons.
He said the record, a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2003 album No Silver/No Gold, was shelved in 2005 because the band wasn’t happy with it.
“Then I got involved in all the festival activities and it took over my life for a while,” he said.
Flemmons has been instrumental in growing 35 Denton from an afternoon party in Austin to a major four-day music festival, which opened Thursday in downtown Denton.
He said getting back to the music went fairly smoothly for the band because the members were more organized this time around.
“I’m happy we have it in the can; I am happy that it’s done,” Flemmons said.
“It takes a lot of work to make an album, so I am glad we’re on the other side of it.”
Dan’s Silverleaf co-owner Dan Mojica counts himself among the many Baptist Generals fans waiting on this record.
“I’ll be hearing it just like everyone else,” he said.
Mojica said the album’s debut, the coordination with record label Sub Pop and the timing during 35 Denton will make the listening party a special event for the bar. Mojica is expecting a fairly big turnout as well.
“These days, with social media, people are privy to so much more electronically and immediately. Everyone knows what is going on,” he said.
Mojica said he has known Flemmons a long time and has come to know him as a perfectionist.
“He’s that kind of guy who wants a certain way and he won’t compromise in any way,” Mojica said.
“He will not give it up until he has what he wants. And fans know it took this long, so obviously this is what Flemmons and his band want.”
Following the listening party in conjunction with 35 Denton, the Baptist Generals will have an album release show June 1 at Dan’s and then a performance June 7 at the Texas Theatre in Dallas as part of the Oak Cliff Film Festival.
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