Ahead of their return to London next month, Bowling for Soup frontman Jaret Reddick admitted the pop-punk veterans may never release another album.
The UK-wide Get Happy Tour begins in February, 16 years on from their 2002 breakthrough album Drunk Enough to Dance.
But with streaming services like Spotify offering fans more than 30 million songs to choose from, Reddick does not think it necessary to produce full-length LPs anymore.
“You’ve got to keep things in small doses and as frequent as possible,” he said.
“Doing another album would be fun, but who knows?
“By the time you’ve paid for everything and got it all recorded, you’re onto the next thing.
“Now, because people’s attention spans are so short, it doesn’t make sense to do more than one song at a time.”
He envisages releasing stand-alone singles with videos in the future, rather than wasting time producing an entire album like 2016’s Drunk Dynasty, their most recent release.
“We got unlucky in that our big hits came after people started stealing music,” said Reddick.
“Had we come out three or four years earlier we would have probably been financially where people think we are, but we’re not.
“We’re not these rich rockstar guys, we’re dudes who work our asses off to make a living.
“It’s hard for people to grasp that notion.”
His only career regret is over the mediocre success of 2006 anthem High School Never Ends. Their label pulled support for it, opting to promote the ballad When We Die.
“I knew High School was a hit, but it wasn’t. In hindsight, it sucks.
“It’s our third most popular song and even people involved in those decisions look back like, ‘Man, we really fucked up.’ The song didn’t get what it deserved.
“But, I am one of those dudes who thinks everything happens for a reason.
“I don’t regret any songs–I love every single one I’ve ever done. I hear old songs and wonder how the hell I came up with that line, what in the hell was I thinking?
“That’s cool, because I’ve left this legacy–19 albums worth of shit for my grandkids to listen to someday and just say, ‘Man, that guy had a lot going on in his head!’”
The Get Happy Tour 2018 begins in Glasgow on February 9th and finishes at Brixton’s O2 Academy on February 17.
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