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Gland-ular disorder

In the wake of a critically acclaimed self-titled sophomore release in 2000, Athens' indie-pop fixture the Glands casually drifted out of public view. Churning out pointed songs that harness the psychedelic intricacies of like-minded locals the Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel, as well as the pelvic drive of Brit-pop staples Pulp and the Fall, the Glands truly shined. But other than surfacing for a handful of shows around the Southeast, including a short stint opening for Yo La Tengo, the group fell silent.

Since 1997, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ross Shapiro has led a revolving lineup that is currently settled on Joe Rowe (drums), Doug Stanley (keyboard/guitar) and Andy Baker (bass). The group hasn't offered any new recorded material since releasing The Glands on Capricorn Records — now Velocette Records — nearly four years ago, but it's members have maintained a close schedule writing and recording material for a nebulous upcoming release. Rumors of EPs and a third full-length have circulated, but the group has remained tight-lipped on specific details.

"We've been sporadically touring and recording," says Shapiro, offering a leisurely recap of the group's more recent activities and beginning to shed light on the future. "There's no name or order to the new record yet. We've recorded a little bit of it everywhere: Chase Park, Elixir, some at [Baker's] house and some at my house."

"The Glands felt pretty spread out, and this new one feels even more spread out, and there's a lot more keyboard songs on it. There isn't any order to it yet, but we're hoping to be finished with it by this summer."

The Glands play the Echo Lounge Fri., April 23. $8. 9 p.m.