Exclusive: New Hole Record Arrives in April!
Courtney Love gives SPIN a behind-the-scenes look at her comeback release, Nobody's Daughter -- five years in the making.
Courtney Love has found a home for Nobody’s Daughter. Mercury/IDJ will release Hole’s highly anticipated new album on April 27.
It took Love, who graces the cover of the March issue of SPIN, five years to finish Nobody’s Daughter, during which time she told the magazine she relied on “the kindness of strangers” — in reality, former collaborators like Linda Perry, Billy Corgan, and producer Michael Beinhorn, who helmed Hole’s previous album, 1998’s Celebrity Skin.
All three have since distanced themselves from the project.
Beinhorn quit after almost a year, citing frustration with Love’s “fragmented focus.” “She had a lot of things going on in her personal life that made it impossible to do the sort of work that I wanted,” he says.
Though Perry declined to comment, Love tells SPIN that Perry, who cowrote America’s Sweetheart, the singer-guitarist’s 2004 solo debut, has been “incredibly gracious” and “gave me probably the best advice I ever received, which is to become a lesbian.”
As SPIN previously reported, Hole’s founding guitarist, Eric Erlandson, objects to Love’s use of the band name since none of the former members are involved. The current line-up includes Love’s roommate, 23-year-old British guitarist Micko Larkin, bassist Shawn Dailey (of Rock Kills Kid), and drummer Stuart Fisher. Jack Irons, formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, played drums on the album.
The success of Nobody’s Daughter is crucial to Love’s long-awaited comeback, especially given her recent drama: She lost custody of daughter Frances Bean in December amid rumors of domestic abuse, and a restraining order prevents Love from contacting her.
“One time, Frances was being mean and she said, ‘What are you going to do if this record fails?'” Love tells SPIN. “Well, Frances, it can’t fail because I love it, and I’ve worked really hard to make sure that I love it.”