Announce UK Tour in March 2017
London Roundhouse 3rd March
NPR ‘First Listen‘ Album Stream
American Band, out 30th September via ATO Records
Drive-By Truckers have announced details of a UK tour in March 2017. The shows, which will be the band’s first here since 2014, will go on-sale on Friday 30th September. Released on the same day, Drive-By Truckers’ new album ‘American Band’ is streaming now on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ page: http://www.npr.org/2016/09/22/494571497/first-listen-drive-by-truckers-american-band
Live dates are as follows:
Wednesday 1st March – Manchester – O2 Ritz
Thursday 2nd March – Bristol – Anson Rooms
Friday 3rd March – London – Roundhouse
Saturday 4th – Brighton – Concorde 2
Drive-By Truckers will celebrate 20 years together with the release of ‘AMERICAN BAND’, their most political statement yet. Recorded late last year at Nashville’s historic Sound Emporium with longtime producer/engineer David Barbe behind the board, 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, which features in the prestigious ‘Album of the Month’ slot in the new issue of Uncut, 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.
A statement from Drive-By Truckers Patterson Hood:
These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we’re all trying to live through. We’ve always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. Dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting “Putting People of the Moon” in the age of Reagan.
This time out, there are no such diversions as these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political assholery. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time.
“American Band” is a sort of rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart.
Drive-By Truckers are celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a band in an election year where some people are trying to define what it is to be American. Definitions based on some outdated ideology of prejudice and fear. We are loudly proclaiming that those people don’t speak for us. America is and always has been a land of immigrants and ideals. Ideals that we have often fallen short of achieving, but it’s the striving that has given us whatever claims to greatness we have had. That’s what America means to us and “We’re an American Band’.
AMERICAN BAND TRACKLISTING:
1) Ramon Casiano
2) Darkened Flags on the Cusp of Dawn
3) Surrender Under Protest
4) Guns of Umpqua
5) Filthy and Fried
6) When the Sun Don’t Shine
7) Kinky Hypocrites
8) Ever South
9) What It Means
10) Once They Banned Imagine