Last year, when “Glee” premiered, we were all about New Directions. But this year, we find most of them boring with the exceptions of Brittany, Puck, and Santana. Nope, this year—like the rest of the country—we are all about The Warblers. So we were pretty excited when we heard that Kurt, Blaine, and the rest of the prep school jacketed crew would be releasing their own album on April 19. It’ll have their hits from the show, like “Teenage Dream” and “Bills, Bills, Bills,” plus a few new ones. Above, a sneak peak of one new track—the dudes’ take on Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
So who are these guys?The Warblers are actually a real a cappella group—the Beezelbubs from Tufts University—joined by Darren Criss and Chris Colfer. Being on “Glee” has made them even more of campus celebrities than they were before. “The producers will call us, and they’ll ask us for a track in the next two days, so we’ll get to the studio as soon as possible and start laying down tracks,” says one Beezlebub. “The first time we started singing ‘Teenage Dream’ [live] it was like a wall of sound—800 girls screaming at the top of their lungs. It was spectacular.”
The popularity of The Warblers has people wondering if they will get a spin-off show. Darren Criss isn’t holding his breath. “Hey, I’m just happy to be invited to the party. A spin-off, whatever they want, I’m happy where I am,” he said. “I think Blaine serves a really cool function in the grander scheme of ‘Glee,’ so I don’t think we need to focus particularly. You know, but if they want to do it, hey, I’m down! Whatever they want.”
Below, the Warblers take on Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Will you be buying their album?