Phish Announces 13th Studio Album 'Big Boat' Due Out October 7th September 7, 2016 19:56

Photo by Keith Griner: Phierce Photography

Just three days after Phish's summer tour closer in Colorado, the band has announced very limited details on it's 13th studio album, 'Big Boat', due out on October 7th.  The album takes its title from the Jon Fishman-led tune "Friends," which includes the line "We're on a big boat, like the ones our forefathers sailed." While very few details have been unveiled, the band released a video which revealed the cover artwork and a sample from a song which has not been performed.  'Big Boat' will be the band's first album since the Fuego in 2014, and it will be released via the band's label JEMP Records.

Big Boat was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced Fuego, as well as many legendary albums including Pink Floyd’s The Wall, KISS’s Destroyer, Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and Peter Gabriel’s Peter Gabriel I. The LP was completed during Phish’s Summer Tour as guitarist Trey Anastasio mentioned the band had completed the album prior to dedicating "Sing Monica" to Ezrin, who was in the crowd, at Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco, CA earlier this summer.  

Anastasio elaborated on the album in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this summer.

“We’re kind of all over the place, flying down to Nashville to work, and then I’ve been doing a lot of work on overdubs at Avatar, which is in Manhattan, and then we go to Burlington, and worked at the barn, and we’re even working at Page’s house and Mike’s house a little bit,” Trey said.
He added, “Page brought some great songs, Mike brought some great songs, Fish brought some great songs. I’ve got a lot of new songs. And everybody’s just diving in, in a unified way.”

Check out what appears to be the cover artwork for the album:

Watch the video released by Phish earlier this afternoon: