"It was probably like a sieve," Nash says from her home in Nashville. "A lot of people loved the song 'Kiss Me,' and then you send them through this pot with holes in it, and some stick and some fall through because that's the only thing they're going to like. It was definitely a good vehicle to get the song out there, and there's a lot more interest in what we're going to do next than there ever would have been before."
What's next for Sixpence None the Richer is a new album, tentatively scheduled for release in late August or early September. The group has already recorded 15 tracks with producer Paul Fox and is entering the next stage of the process, which involves adding vocals and overdubs and whittling a few songs from the current list. After touring for years in support of songs written in 1997 and 1998, Nash is eager to begin playing fresh material. In fact, the mere discussion of the topic inspires her to go into adverb overload: She admits to being "really, really proud," "really happy," and "really, really excited"; says the prospect of an impending tour is "really nice"; and attributes the quality of the new songs to her band of "really, really great players."
Sixpence None the Richer, or at least its core of Slocum and Nash, has been together for nearly a decade, producing two albums prior to its late-blooming breakthrough release and making frequent visits to Kansas City's New Earth Coffeehouse ("really, really nice people," Nash says). However, the best time to hear selections from these solid records, such as the Nash-penned "Easy to Ignore" and the touching "Sister, Mother," most likely has passed.
"We'll probably just play all the new songs and make everybody mad," Nash says with an endearing half-sigh, half-giggle. "Actually, we'll still do 'Kiss Me' and 'There She Goes' (a standalone La's cover that became a hit and was added to later printings of the album), but after all of this time playing the same songs, doing any other old ones would be torture."
The group has given the all-new setlist a test run in front of a tough, bronco-busting crowd, and Nash says Sixpence was able to rope in the fans. "We played a rodeo in Austin about a month ago," she explains. "It was a weeklong event, and we were the only rock band that played. We played all the new songs, and the people really loved them, which was encouraging."