Faithless Town’s latest single grabs your attention immediately with its pounding percussion and driving beat. Layers of guitar and organ add to an insistent rhythm and sense of urgency that matches the work-rate of the coal miners seen in the video. ‘Coal Mining Man’ follows the story of a miner, who loses his sense of identity as the mine closes down and the life he has led becomes a relic from the past. Mirroring his own life, the community around him declines as a way of life is abandoned. It’s a powerful narrative, full of details that place the listener directly into the lives of its central characters. As mining communities have found, “There’s no place left for a coal mining man.” The song was inspired by Gary Bailey’s Daily Yonder column ‘In The Black’, in which he wrote about his twelve years spent mining coal in Kentucky. In the compelling accompanying video, we see images of coal mining communities across America and found footage of miners at work.
‘Coal Mining Man’ is taken from the new album, which is due out on 29th April. ‘Into the Light Vol.1’ will be the first part of a double album, with volume 2 expected later in 2022. This will be the Atlanta-based band’s third album, following the success of their Kickstarter-funded debut ‘American Refugee’ and its follow-up ‘EMPIRES’, which was released on Spectra Records in 2020. Faithless Town are known for energetic live performances and have shared stages with the likes of Jake Clemons in renowned venues like The Whisky a Go Go and The Viper Room. Look out for the new album – it promises to deliver an insistent blend of country, Americana and rock. Enjoy.
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