The Americans share new single “I’ll Be Yours”, title track from their new album due out on Loose, 7 July

July 4, 2017

The Americans
Share title track from their new album I’ll Be Yours as The Line Of Best Fit’s Song of The Day
I’ll Be Yours due out on 7 July via Loose
With their album I’ll Be Yours due for release in just over a week, The Americans share the new single “I’ll Be Yours” – the title track from the album – with The Line Of Best Fit, who made it their Song of the Day saying, “The Americans eschew formal plans and genre conventions in favour of forging their own path, with this new single lurching into sunny realms to live as symphonic beaut full of twinkles, sparks, cinematic brass, and Beirut-level emotion.”
Mixing old-time blues and country with a blue-collar rock’n’roll/rockabilly vibe, The Americans absorb and reconfigure the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. The album will be one of the albums of the month at Rough Trade shops for July.
T-Bone Burnett describes The Americans as “Genius twenty-first century musicians that are reinventing American heritage music for this century.” Reviewing the band’s latest single “The Right Stuff” for PitchforkGreil Marcus writes, “From the first rolling guitar notes, carrying sadness and defiance like dust, this sweeps me up: I want to know everything about where that feeling came from, and where it’s going.” 
“The whiskey-soaked rockers and gritty ballads of their debut LP roll with hell-bent immediacy, as frontman Patrick Ferris straddles primal ferocity and haunted vulnerability.” Uncut 8/10
“Forward-thinking roots rock in the vein of Bruce Springsteen.” Evening Standard (Virtually Famous)
“It matches an awareness of songwriting’s roots with a few ideas on where it could head to… Engrossing, stirring musicality.” Clash
The Americans
I’ll Be Yours
Track Listing:
1. Nevada
2. The Right Stuff
3. Stowaway
4. I’ll Be Yours
5. Last Chance
6. Hooky
7. Gone At Last
8. Harbor Lane
9. Long Way From Home
10. Bronze Star
11. Daphne
New Loose signing, Los Angeles quartet The Americans will release their forthcoming studio album, I’ll Be Yours, on 7th July. Having started out as a roots band enthralled by pre-war American country and blues, they have evolved into a blistering amalgamation of those influences, injected with a fiery blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. They named themselves after the controversial photo series by Robert Frank, which was first published in 1958 with a foreword by Jack Kerouac. Like Frank’s photos, The Americans’ songs are miniature biographies, intimate and empathic portraits of individuals that leave much unsaid.

The Americans were plucked from obscurity by Jack WhiteT Bone Burnett and Robert Redford to appear in the forthcoming PBS documentary series American Epic, which aired on BBC4 recently. Featuring artists such as BeckElton JohnNasWillie NelsonAlabama ShakesThe Avett Brothers and many more, the film reconstructs the story of the first American music in the 1920s and re-assembled the recording apparatus that was used at the time. As experts in early music, The Americans were invited in to figure out the equipment and make the first recordings. Once the sessions were underway, they functioned as the house band, backing up various artists and suggesting songs to the filmmakers. Burnett was quoted as saying; “The Americans are part of this group, these genius 21st century musicians, that are reinventing American heritage music for this century. And it sounds even better this century.”

The Americans are made up of frontman Patrick Ferris, upright bassist Jake Faulkner and Guitarist Zac Sokolow, brought together through their love of American roots music. Spurring one another on, they spent years digging through obscure records and arcane field recordings, busking and teaching themselves banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and slide guitar. They were deep into a purist phase, as Patrick recalls; “We were suspicious of modern rock music. I think we were all curious whether we could summon the spirit of old blues and country through what we’d learned firsthand, and create something brand new, leaving behind the nostalgia and musical aesthetics.”

The Americans’ debut album seems to have achieved just that. “They’ve shape-shifted back into the modern-day rock and roll band,” writes Cara Gibney (No Depression), “writing contemporary music of their time, incorporating the kernel of their traditional roots, enhancing their rock and roll credentials with the emotional quality of music made generations earlier.”

The band’s first tour was different from most. They roped in a friend to play drums using only a plywood suitcase, which he beat with a soup spoon. They set off on a meandering, quixotic odyssey that found them playing honkytonks, rural bars, a Navajo radio station, and a wine cellar in an abandoned Coca-Cola bottling plant. Some of the venues hadn’t hosted a live band since the 1980s. “We had a passport to the hidden heartland of our country,” recounts Jake. Nowadays their tours are more structured, but the guys still seek out the road less traveled.

Despite being unsigned at the time, The Americans have already appeared on US TV talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, and served as a backing band for Lucinda WilliamsNick Cave and Courtney Love At the David Lynch Foundation’s concert for the 60th Anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl. They also recorded an original song for Hal Willner’s Son of Rogue’s Gallery(ANTI- Records), an album of sea shanties and pirate songs featuring Tom WaitsKeith Richards, and Nick Cave, executive produced by Johnny Depp and their music is featured in the Michael Mann produced film Texas Killing Fields, starring Sam Worthington and Chloë Grace Moretz.

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