Ben Deily: Lemonheads Reunion a “Milestone”

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Ben Deily, co-founder of iconic Boston band The Lemonheads, said Tuesday his renewed partnership with Evan Dando “would definitely constitute a milestone.” In an online exchange, Deily wrote favorably of the reunion, saying, “I think we hope to get a fair amount done in a lickity-split, damn-the-torpedoes punk rock fashion.”

Deily and Dando will be joined by Ryan Adams and Juliana Hatfield in recording sessions starting this weekend, 1980s rock blog Slicing Up Eyeballs reported Monday.

Musician and producer Ryan Adams tweeted news of the project Monday night, which would reunite founders Dando and Deily in the studio for the first time since 1989. Deily wrote, “For my part: thinking that working together/collaborating could be a conspicuously fun part of this whole thang [sic]…I mean, with folks as talented as THAT gang, I’m hoping that anything we concoct together will be greater than the sum of its parts as it were.”

Adams also tweeted that he would play drums on the “punker” recording while Juliana Hatfield would join on bass. Hatfield, midst a successful solo career, performed with the band on the 1992 album “It’s a Shame About Ray.”

Looking forward to producing the new Lemonheads album this weekend with orig 2 songwriters Evan & Ben with @ on bass.
Ryan Adams

Though Deily has not been a regular member of the band since 1989, he and Dando have remained in contact over the decades, and Deily is optimistic for the coming sessions, writing, “however it shakes out, Ev and I have always worked together well on execution/arrangement. (And that’s where the rubber kinda hits the road for any song…)”

Dando and Deily shared the stage for an acoustic set at SXSW in 2009 to perform early Lemonheads songs. In June of that year, Deily’s band Varsity Drag and The Lemonheads shared a bill at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. The band’s upcoming fall tour with Psychedelic Furs does not come near Boston– you’ll have to hit up New York or our friends at We Love DC to rock out with them.