Drive-By Truckers will release their new album ‘The Unraveling’ through ATO Records on 31st January and they’ve just released their first single from it called ‘Armageddon’s Back In Town’ which you can hear below. In addition, the band have announced some European tour dates next year, including a show at London’s 02 Forum on 6th June.
DBT’s 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – was recorded in September 2018 at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis by Grammy award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block, struggling with how to confront America’s present turmoil through song. The songs that eventually emerged are described as “among DBT’s most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, ‘Armageddon’s Back in Town’ takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding ‘Awaiting Resurrection’ dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.”
“The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.
“While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s ‘AMERICAN BAND’ album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”
The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the track ‘Babies In Cages.’
Rosemary With A Bible and A Gun
Armageddon’s Back In Town
Slow Ride Argument
Thoughts and Prayers
21st Century USA
Babies In Cages
Drive By Truckers European Dates 2020
1 June – Raalte, NL – Ribs and Blues
3 June – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
5 June – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre
6 June – London, UK – O2 Forum
7 June – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
8 June – Antwerp, BE – De Roma
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