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Soul Asylum Returns

Credit: Photo by Mark Seliger

It’s been quite a while since veteran Minnesota rockers Soul Asylum put out The Silver Lining in 2006. But the last week of March heralded a big announcement from the band: the forthcoming release of their new record Delayed Reaction on July 17th.

Frontman Dave Pirner will be stopping by The Current studios on Wednesday, May 9th at 5 p.m. to chat with Mary Lucia and debut a brand new song from the record.

The album drops July 17th and two shows will follow before a larger national tour: one at the Entry on July 19th and another in the Mainroom on July 20th. Co-founder Dan Murphy also returns as will Tommy Stinson and former Prince dummer Michael Bland, both of whom have been with the band since 2005.

Soul Asylum was one of the earliest bands to gather national accolades during the ’80s when many local acts were starting to break out into the mainstream. We’re starting to see a resurgence of that spotlight with younger artists and notable record label deals for the likes of Night Moves, John Maus and Howler. Soul Asylum’s return will provide a significant generational juxtaposition for the Minnesota music community, and it will be exciting to hear how much this band has progressed during the past six years.