After working together on the New York Dolls’ influential debut in 1973, the group reunited with producer Todd Rundgren this winter to record their fourth studio album, ’Cause I Sez So, set for a May 4th U.K. release on Atco Records (U.S. release is May 5th).
Recorded at Utopia Sound Studio in Kauai, Hawaii, the album features 11 original compositions and a new version of Trash, that originally featured on their milestone 1973 debut album. “It was amazing working with Todd again, and I think we were able to evoke the special sound of our first album and drag it by the hair into the present,” says front man Johansen.
Prior to the album’s release, the New York Dolls—David Johansen (vocals); Sylvain Sylvain (guitar); Steve Conte (guitar); Brian Delaney (drums); and Sami Yaffa (bass)—will appear at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival in Austin, Texas in mid March.
The New York Dolls swaggered onto the New York music scene in the early ’70s, influencing a generation with its subversive mix of high-decibel rock and high-heeled androgyny. The original band recorded a pair of milestone records—New York Dolls (1973) and Too Much Too Soon (1974)—before breaking up in 1977.
The surviving members reformed the group in 2004 to much acclaim, but soon lost bassist Arthur Kane to leukemia. Two years later, Johansen and Sylvain reunited again to record the New York Dolls’ third studio album, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This.
- The band will perform songs on Later With Jools Holland on May 12th and May 15th (BBC2)
- The band play a sold out gig at the 100 Club on May 14th