Beloved Australia/New Zealand band Crowded House have released their first new track in a decade.
"Whatever You Want" is the band's first release since 2010's Intriguer. Crowded House came out of semi-retirement last year after frontman/songwriter Neil Finn spent the ensuing years releasing solo material as well as joining Fleetwood Mac for a world tour. "Whatever You Want" is accompanied by a humorous video starring singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco.
The band also announced "To the Island," a 10-date tour of Finn's native New Zealand to commence in March 2021. "We are thrilled and highly energised to be touring NZ," Finn said in a statement. "The shows will be a joyous occasion for us, with all the songs from our history that still resonate, some new music to unveil and our home crowds to share all that with." It's their first tour since a planned 2020 trek of Australian and European festivals was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (New Zealand has earned praise for its response to the pandemic, with a surprisingly low number of cases in the country during the fall of 2020.)
Crowded House's newest line-up consists of original members Finn and bassist Nick Seymour, Finn's sons Liam and Elroy on guitar and drums, and keyboardist Mitchell Froom, who produced the band's first three albums and played the original organ solo on the band's biggest hit, "Don't Dream It's Over." It's one of several songs the new line-up has recorded in quarantine this past year.