America's greatest jamband has announced plans for its next album. Phish's lead-runner Trey Anastasio revealed some interesting details during an interview with Jeffrey Brown on PBS NewsHour. Anastasio stated that he and the other three band members- Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, and Page McConnell- have been working collaboratively to create the follow-up to their 2009 album, Joy. Despite the years the group members spent working on solo projects, the group wants to create an album that comes from all four of them. In 2012, keyboardist Page McConnell revealed to Rolling Stone that the group was making an effort to create new music "in-the-moment together".
“A lot of the people that come see us have been coming for 20, 30 years…..And I know them. A lot I don’t know by name, but there are people that I look out and see that I really genuinely feel a connection to… people who stand like 10 rows back and dance that I recognize.” -Trey Anastasio
During Anastasio's interview on PBS, he also expressed his appreciation for the loyal fans that have been following and supporting Phish for the past 20 to 30 years. The band's effort to reconnect on this next album could greatly impact their ability to reconnect with previous fans as well as strengthen the existing bond with their current fans.