For 'Smithereens 2011,' their first new album of original material in 12 years, The Smithereens headed back to where it all began 31 years ago: a cramped rehearsal space in New York's East Village.
"We wrote the new songs at a tiny rehearsal room on Avenue B and 6th street on the Lower East Side of NYC, this was our original rehearsal space, it's where we rehearsed and wrote all of the tunes for our 1988 Capitol release 'Green Thoughts.'" frontman Pat DiNizio told AOL Spinner.
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The band was chasing after an "old-school" Smithereens sound, and the result is an album that easily ranks with the best work they've ever recorded.
In addition to returning to their original rehearsal space, the band reunited with producer Don Dixon, who helmed the group's breakout debut, 'Especially For You.'
"I think that we produced an album that sounds like a classic vintage Smithereens album," says DiNizio, "but is also thoroughly fresh, contemporary and modern-sounding as well."
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