After 13 years apart, Ben Folds, Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee are finally back together, where they belong. Ben Folds Five has premiered their new track, “Do It Anyway,” the first off their yet-to-be-titled album due out in August.
Instead of working with a traditional label, Ben Folds Five will release the record via PledgeMusic, a crowd funding site.
“The intensity of the track is typical of the rest of the album, but each song is quite different," wrote Folds. "That always was the way with our records I suppose. We’re nearly done and I think it’s a cracker.”
This will be their first album since 1999′s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.
Ben Folds Five is also offering up the chance for super fans to be a part of the album. Fans who download “Do It Anyway” from PledgeMusic (or make a pledge) will be credited in the album and poster art for the band's new album.
"The 'Ahs' in 'Not The Same' were originally spontaneously from the audience," Folds wrote on the official Pledgemusic site. "'Rock This Bitch' was hollered by some dude in Chicago. 'Do It Anyway' was too. It was fans to insisted we put together The Bens. I’ve always had that kind of relationship with the smart asses who listen to my music."
In January, the "Sing-Off" judge tweeted a photo him, Sledge and Jessee in the studio. “It’s happening fo sho –- Day 1 in studio with Robert and Darren through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord." He later added, “Spring release.”
Folds reunited with his old bandmates in 2011 to record new tracks for Best Imitation of Myself, a retrospective set of his most popular hits and assorted rarities.
Listen to "Do It Anyway" below.