Fellowship of the Ring

Rebounding from health scares, the Promise Ring sheds its emo skin for a Brit-pop sheen

Most of Wood/Water is subdued washes of acoustica and navel-gazing melodies. For the emo kids who once made up most of the Promise Ring's audience, the album will likely disappoint. It's better lumped in with Adult Contemporary than indie rock.

Will it move units? Probably. MTV? Maybe. TRL? "Probably not, but that's not really up to us to decide. But if that would come up, that would be fine. That really doesn't bother me," Didier asserts. The Promise Ring is just happy to have made the record it wanted, free of constraints. Let Anti and Epitaph worry about sending them aboveground.

"They're doing whatever they have to do," Didier says. "The Tom Waits record was his biggest-selling record, so they know what they're doing. It's not even a concern for me because obviously I know that they're going to do their job because the more money we make, the more money they make and vice versa. They know what to do and they've done it before. They do their job and that doesn't concern me."

The Promise Ring: On a new label, with a new sound, and a new commitment to satisfy themselves.
Steven Carty
The Promise Ring: On a new label, with a new sound, and a new commitment to satisfy themselves.

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