The The are releasing their first new song in 15 years on April 22nd for Record Store Day. "We Can't Stop What's Coming" will be released as a limited edition single (limited to 2000 copies). Matt Johnson debuted a live version of the haunting and beautiful track during his Radio Cineola broadcast last May, and he since then he's reunited with former The The members including JOHNNY MARR, to record the song for this special etched one-sided 7" single. FYI: this currently appears to be a U.K. only release (not listed on the U.S. Record Store Day website).
"We Can't Stop What's Coming" is also featured in Johnson's documentary The Inertia Variations, which premiered earlier this year in the U.K. and premieres in Denmark later this week. So far a North American premiere has not been announced, however in a posting on The The's website, Johnson states that the documentary is "the first in many related elements of this multi-media project that will be released throughout 2017."
Last year in an interview with Mouth Magazine Johnson revealed he's hoping to release a triple album in 2017 which will include cover versions of The The songs, interviews he conducted during the Radio Cineola broadcasts, and a new song written specifically for the documentary. Obviously plans could have changed since the time of the interview, but many exciting things certainly seem to be on the way, so stay tuned!
Published March 21st, 2017