In the spirit of 2012 reunions from the likes of Van Halen, Black Sabbath, At The Drive In, Beach Boys, No Doubt, Refused, Mazzy Star, and Pulp, Ben Folds Five have now confirmed that a fourth studio album is set for a spring release.
Folds tweeted yesterday, "It's happening fo sho - Day 1 in the studio with Robert and Darren through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord" with a photo of the well-aged trio recording.
Their self-proclaimed "punk-rock for sissies" saw it's last full-length album release in 1999 with their enormously underrated third album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner – an obscure pull from their pioneering hipster lexicon. Folds has released several other non-Five albums on his own since then, his most notable being 2001's Rockin' the Suburbs and his latest being Lonely Avenue, a collaborative album with novelist Nick Hornby. Folds reunited with bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee for a 2008 MySpace concert where they played their final album front-to-back. It was a brilliant resurrection of the beloved trio and it was not so much nostalgic as it was a distorted reminder of their musicianship and Billy Joel-drenched chemistry.
To celebrate, here's a playlist of some of Ben Folds Five's best songs, available for your streaming pleasure below. Follow Folds' Twitter account for details as they come. One thing is for sure – they're gonna rock this bitch.