Out on Father/Daughter records this week from Robin Edwards a.k.a Lisa Prank.
Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer songwriter guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band – a Southern American band – speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century.
AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015’s IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, marking the first time DBT have made three consecutive LPs with the same hard-traveling crew.
Blood Orange is taken from the EP A Coming of Age, due for release on the 1st of July via Bloc+Music.
16th July – St Lukes All-Dayer, Glasgow
16th July – King Tut’s Summer Nights, Glasgow
25th August – The List Art Festival, Edinburgh
26th August – Electric Fields Festival
10th September – Edinburgh University Freshers Night
8th October Twisterella Festival, Middlesburgh
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First taste of the forthcoming album from The Paranoid Style, the band led by songwriter Elizabeth Nelson will be releasing Rolling Disclosure on July the 15 on Bar/None Records, as a big fan of their debut EP I’m really looking forward to this one.
Previously on Beat Surrender