Amy Ray is currently on tour in support of her new solo album, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, but she’s still talking Indigo Girls. The famous lesbian duo are feeling “Closer to Fine” about being dropped by Hollywood Records after their last album, telling Billboard that they are actually relieved to be out of the deal.
“We probably shouldn’t have even gone into it,” Ray told the music business publication. “But we’re excited now because we really feel like being without label is going to be a good thing for us for a while.”
With the dedicated fan base they have, the Indigo Girls have will most likely reap more benefits from going it alone. In fact, some of the new songs they’ve played live have already showed up online — but Ray and bandmate Emily Saliers don’t mind.
“Like for us, it’s all just getting it out there and building the community,” Ray said. “It’s fun and like when people were bootlegging shows in the old days.”
Some more good news? There are actually two new albums in the can.
“It’s 10 songs but the one thing about this record that I’ll say is cool is that we recorded two records, one with the band and then we went back and did the whole record again as a duo live in the studio straight to tape,” Ray said. “So we have those two records and we plan on releasing them together. It’s basically like two perspectives of the same song. It gives everybody both sides of the equation.”
Hollywood Records’ loss is Indigo Girls fans’ gain. Look for the new albums (still untitled) to release in February 2009.