Soul Asylum recorded their latest studio album, Hurry Up and Wait, with a long-time studio collaborator co-producer John Fields, who also worked on the band’s previous three albums, including their most recent effort, 2016’s Change of Fortune. In addition, the group also decamped to a familiar spot: Nicollet Studios, the same place Soul Asylum recorded one of their seminal early albums released on Twin/Tone Records, the 1986 LP While You Were Out. Hurry Up and Wait was released on April 17, 2020 to much fan and critical acclaim worldwide landing the band their highest Billboard Chart position since 1995’s Platinum-selling Let Your Dim Light Shine.
Spanning three decades, Soul Asylum’s indie success led to the band entering the major-label mainstream with 1988’s Hang Time and its 1990 follow-up And the Horse They Rode In On, before achieving a platinum-level commercial breakthrough with 1992’s Grave Dancers Union (certified 3x Platinum), featuring the international hits “Runaway Train,” which won a 1994 Grammy as Best Rock Song, and “Black Gold.” After 1998’s Candy from a Stranger, Soul Asylum returned to action in 2006 with The Silver Lining, followed by Delayed Reaction six years later in 2012.
The current Soul Asylum line-up features Dave Pirner as lead vocals/guitar, Michael Bland on drums, Ryan Smith on lead guitar, and Wynston Roye on bass.