When The Replacements ended their 33-show reunion tour in June 2015, founding bassist Tommy Stinson walked away with his head held high. Armed with a pocketful of new songs and a clean slate, he holed up in his home studio in Hudson, NY and played solo tour dates with a group of A+ players/friends backing him, including Luther Dickinson, Frank Ferrer, Cat Popper, Steve Selvidge, and Joe "The Kid" Sirois.
They had more fun than humans should be allowed to have, and over the next year and a half they pieced together a brand new record entitled Anything Could Happen. Never one to hog the spotlight, the only logical thing to do at this point was to reanimate Bash & Pop the band he started immediately following The Replacements first split in 1991. The project's debut, Friday Night Is Killing Me, was issued in 1992. Fat Possum Records quickly signed the band and will be releasing the outfit's sophomore album in early 2017.
Stinson on the project's reincarnation: "Since recording my last two solo records in a rather piecemeal way, I found myself longing to make a record in the same way that we made the early Replacements records: live, in the studio, as a band. The last record I really did that on was called Friday Night Is Killing Me.What's the difference you say? Allow me to explain. Whether I'm wearing my artist or producer hat, I will forever lust after the capture of lightning in a bottle, no matter how incomprehensible or daunting it may seem. Since early 2015 I've been recording new songs with new and old friends, cutting all of them as live as possible without losing too much fidelity nor over-thinking the songs.
"Recording live with a band is the only way I know this to be done. As the life of this project developed, the elements of what make a band a BAND started to appear: The spontaneity, the solidarity, the piss, the vinegar, the good times and the angst. These are all of the things that I think make for a great rock n' roll record; like a car careening helplessly off the road, only to be spared catastrophe at the very last second. A majority of the people I played these tracks for said it reminded them of the Bash & Pop record. Alas, there you have it. A new Bash & Pop record..."