In the 90s there was (maybe still is?) a magazine for 12 to 15-year-old girls who weren't ballsy enough to be reading Teen and Seventeen yet but had far outgrown their subscription to American Girl. I think it was called Girl's Life. Anyways, I definitely subscribed and definitely remember an "albums to hear" page — though it was probably called "CDs to hear" — that included The Promise Ring's breakout album, Nothing Feels Good. The accompanying blurb made it seem you'd be really into it if you dug art class at school. I sucked at art, but I knew I wanted to like it, and I had seen the album cover pop up in some issues of Rolling Stone and SPIN, so I begged my Mom to take me to Media Play and buy it. This suddenly matters because The Promise Ring joined Twitter today. It's been about three hours, and they've already managed to rack up 900 followers with just one message: "Hello, again..."
So the speculation begins. This means they're reuniting, right? Why else would they join Twitter after being dormant since 2002? (I'm ignoring half of the band's involvement in Maritime for the moment.) It just makes so much sense for them to tour next year. If Sebadoh can do it, and Pavement can do it, and Archers of Loaf can do it, and The Pixies can keep doing it, than emo's finest deserve it too. Fingers crossed for some more news from their camp soon.
Nothing Feels Good's follow-up, Very Emergency, was actually their best album though, everybody knows that: