Ultimate prom-parking-lot-make-out kings the Rudds are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to their homonymous 2003 power-pop gem, and are aiming for a late-March release, most likely again on Boston-based Sodapop Records. “So far, we have over 20 songs recorded for what could be a double album,” says singer-guitarist John Powhida, the Rudds’ resident Prince-aholic. Powhida reports via e-mail that the CD, whose working title is Get the Femuline Hang On, “leans heavier on the soul and R&B tendencies of the group and will feature new bassist Tony Goddess (ex-Papas Fritas). So far, the Figgs’ Mike Gent, Bleu, and Paul Kolderie have all donated their time, mixing abilities, studios, and talents and have asked for nothing in return but the wacky good time of working with the Rudds.” The lone cover among the plethora of originals, Powhida says, will be the Gap Band’s “Early in the Morning.”
Preview at myspace.com/therudds.