Grassroots Direct-To-Fans Initiative Kicks Off Worldwide Release on ImaVeePee Records / Sony Music Entertainment September 18

Jul 16, 2012, 11:00 ET from ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment

NEW YORK, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Folds Five, the groundbreaking pop trio who changed the course of indie rock in the mid-1990s, is releasing The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group's first album of new music in 13 years.  The music's genesis took place via a successful grassroots direct-to-fans campaign on PledgeMusic, where artists and fans work together with charities to create albums and other projects.

The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind will be released worldwide on ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment on September 18.  Fans who've participated in the PledgeMusic campaign will receive an exclusive early delivery of the album.

The new Ben Folds Five tracks premiering on The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind include: "Erase Me"; "Michael Praytor, Five Years Later"; "Sky High"; "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind"; "On Being Frank"; "Draw A Crowd"; "Do It Anyway"; "Hold That Thought"; "Away When You Were Here"; and "Thank You For Breaking My Heart".

A portion of the funds generated by album sales, and other BFF items ordered by fans through PledgeMusic, will be used to support Music Education and Music Therapy, a charity personally chosen by Ben Folds Five.  PledgeMusic builds a charitable component into each of the campaigns running under its auspices.

Ben Folds Five--Ben Folds (piano), Robert Sledge (bass) and Darren Jessee (drums)--launched in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1994.  The trio's high energy gigs garnering an intensely loyal fanbase, BFF signed first with an indie before a move to the majors wrought 1997's watershed Whatever And Ever Amen.  A slice of pure pop perfection, the album introduced the ballad "Brick," broke the band commercially and sold more than two million copies worldwide.  BFF recorded its last album, 1999's The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner, which included the single "Army," before disbanding in 2000.  (The trio reunited for a one-off live performance of The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner on MySpace in 2008).

In 2011, the original three members of Ben Folds Five came together to record three new studio tracks for The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective, a career-spanning Ben Folds anthology. The band's magic rekindled in the new tracks, BFF gave its first concert in more than a decade to a spellbound audience at New York's Mountain Jam Festival on June 2, 2012. In the wake of the group's triumphal return at Mountain Jam, the group performed a short run of key US summer festival dates including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Summerfest, and Old St. Patrick's Church Block Party in Chicago.

BFF will return to the road this fall with a major North American tour, including a gig at New York's Central Park on September 14, with dates in the UK, Ireland and Australia to follow.  More dates in the Ben Folds Five 2012-2013 tour itinerary TBA.

September 13

Holyoke, MA                                      

Mountain Park Amphitheatre

September 14 

New York, NY                               

Central Park Rumsey Playground

September 16 

Cary, NC                                            

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

September 18 

Atlanta, GA                                       


September 19 

North Charleston, SC                        

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

September 21

Pensacola Beach, FL                          

DeLuna Fest

September 23 

Dallas, TX                                          

Palladium Ballroom

September 24 

Austin, TX                                         

Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheatre

September 25 

Houston, TX                                      

Bayou Music Center

September 28 

Kansas City, MO                               


October 2       

Detroit, MI                                         

The Fillmore Detroit

October 5       

Buffalo, NY                                       


November 10 

Melbourne, Australia                         

Harvest Festival - Werribee Park

November 17 

Sydney, Australia                              

Harvest Festival - Parramatta Park

November 18 

Brisbane, Australia                             

Harvest Festival - Botanic Gardens

November 23 

Bristol, England                                 

O2 Academy

November 24 

Nottingham, England                        

Rock City

November 26 

Dublin, Ireland                                   

Vicar Street

November 29 

Manchester, England                         

O2 Apollo

November 30 

Glasgow, Scotland                             

O2 Academy

December 1    

Leeds, England                                  

O2 Academy

December 3    

Birmingham, England                        

O2 Academy

December 4    

London, England                               

O2 Academy Brixton

December 5    

London, England                               

O2 Academy Brixton

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About PledgeMusic

PledgeMusic is a full-service company offering a direct-to-fan system that maximizes an artist's exposure, getting their music out to the world while engaging fans through exclusives and a level of behind-the-scenes access they wouldn't otherwise receive. Launched in 2009 by independent musician Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic works with a wide range of artists from acts just starting out to more well-known bands on labels. Successful campaigns include Rachael Yamagata, Rhett Miller, The Libertines, Juliana Hatfield, Luscious Jackson, David Lynch Foundation Music, The Damnwells, Funeral for a Friend, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Madi Diaz, The Lumineers, Kopecky Family Band and more. The platform has generated six Top 40 albums and is currently launching and releasing two albums per day.

SOURCE ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment