It’s about damn time. With “Not the Kid” and several other songs off its locally beloved debut LP “Soundtrack to the End” still jingling in our heads six years later, Communist Daughter has finally announced details of the long-awaited follow-up album.
Titled “The Cracks That Built the Wall,” the 11-song collection will land Oct. 21 and is the result of two years of studio work with local producer and utility man Kevin Bowe (see: Paul Westerberg, Alison Scott, Meat Puppets). The record was mixed by Nashville’s Andrija Tokic, who produced both Alabama Shakes’ and Benjamin Booker’s debut. Hear the first track issued off the album below, a crescendoing and haunting beauty called “Roll a Stone.”
While the two-year stretch of studio finessing is one explanation, the other reasons Communist Daughter went so long between albums are more personal. Frontman Johnny Solomon fought a hard fight toward sobriety soon after the 2010 release of “Sountrack to the End,” then he and co-vocalist Molly Moore got married. They also put out a fine EP with the band in 2012, “Lions & Lambs.”
“The Cracks That Built the Wall” will be promoted with an in-store at the Electric Fetus on the day of release. A full hometown gig is on the books for Nov. 11 at a venue to be named, the finale to a short fall tour.