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Powderfinger Detail New Album of Unheard Material, ‘Unreleased’

“It brought back lots of memories and stories and made it clear how high we had set the bar with regard to the quality of songs we released.”

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Powderfinger will release their first album in more than 11 years next month with the forthcoming 'Unreleased' collection.

Ian Jennings*

Almost a full 11 years after the release of their final studio album, beloved Brisbane rockers Powderfinger have unveiled the details of their forthcoming collection of unreleased material.

First teased in late August, the group revealed that they would be releasing this record of unheard tracks later in the year, with “Day by Day” serving as its first single in mid September. Now, Powderfinger have announced that the new record, aptly titled Unreleased, is set to arrive on Friday, November 27th – two weeks after the tenth anniversary of their final public concert.

Comprising ten previously unheard and unreleased tracks between the years of 1998 and 2010, these songs have long been stored on various hard drives and tapes within the band’s archives. When preparing the 20th anniversary edition of their Odyssey Number Five album, the group discovered around 50 songs that never saw the light of day.

Having selected ten tracks that they feel best represents their shelved material, Powderfinger are now set to release this collection of songs that never made it onto an album, or never quite suited the purposes of their musical focus at the time.

“We were always careful to keep our albums to around about vinyl length,” the band explained in a statement. “While we searched for material from the ON5 writing and recording period we kept uncovering long forgotten tunes that were unmixed, unfinished or unsuitable for the purposes of the records we made.

“We narrowed it down to about 15 and then down to a final 10. It brought back lots of memories and stories and made it clear how high we had set the bar with regard to the quality of songs we released.”

News of the album comes following the release of “Day by Day” last month, which was originally recorded during the sessions for their fifth album, 2003’s Vulture Street.

“‘Day by Day’ was never completed until we opened the archives and went sniffing around for tracks that had never been released,” vocalist Bernard Fanning explained, “we never even really had a rough mix of it as we had obviously decided at the time that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the songs on that album.

“Looking back now, I’m not sure why and I’m actually amazed we didn’t find a place for it on the record. Once we found it, we had Nick Didia remix it and get it into shape.”

Powderfinger’s Unreleased is set to be released on Friday, November 27th, with pre-orders available now.