As you may know, if you can fog a mirror and ever wander by here, I have been finishing up the final edits on Boys Don't Lie: A History of Shoes, which should be available by mid-summer, more or less the same time as the new Shoes album, Ignition, drops.
But the band is rewarding long-term fans: head on over to Shoeswire, starting today, register there, and you can stream a new Shoes song a day, every day, for the next 15. At that point, the album will be available for download from the site. You can preorder now and get it then, or wait for the official street date of August 4.
I premiered two tracks when I did my History of Shoes show on WHRW: "Say It Like You Mean It" and "Head vs. Heart": simels premiered the goofy rocker "Hot Mess" last week. (link here)
Today's song is a contribution by Gary Klebe called "Only We Remain." It's a song which--like many Shoes songs, reaches in two directions. Partly, it's about the band, having come down a hard road, but sticking it out together. Partly, it's the tale of a relationship: "At the end of the day, any couple really only has each other," Gary says. But it's one of my favorites on the record.
They'll be streaming them all, in reverse order, starting today. Set your bookmarks and enjoy!