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with T. Hardy Morris 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. Master songwriters both, Hood and Cooley wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse. As a result, songs like "What It Means" and the tub-thumping "Kinky Hypocrites" are intensely human music from a rock n roll band yearning for community and collective action. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation."I dont want there to be any doubt as to which side of this discussion we fall on," Hood says. "I dont want there to be any misunderstanding of where we stand. If you dont like it, you can leave. Its okay. Were not trying to be everybodys favorite band, were going to be who we are and do what we do and anyone whos with us, wed love to have them join in."Mike Cooley is somewhat more direct. "I wanted this to be a no bones about it, in your face political album," he says. "I wanted to piss off the assholes."AMERICAN BANDs 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 bands two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015s ITS GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, marking the first time DBT have made three consecutive LPs with the same hard-traveling crew."This is the longest period of stability in our bands history," says Hood. "I think we finally hit the magic formula. Its made everything more fun than its ever been, making records and playing shows."Drive-By Truckers might have maintained constancy but Hood embraced change by moving his family to Portland, OR in July 2015, a physical shift which he says "opened the floodgates" to a batch of deeply felt, strikingly emotional new songs. Having recorded the bulk of their canon in Athens, GA, the band was also eager to reinvent their own surroundings. Memphis was considered but when DBTs November 2015 tour wrapped in Nashville, the band decided to spend a few days at the legendary Sound Emporium getting a head start on the new record.Never ones to screw around in the studio, DBT cranked out nine new songs in just three 14-hour shifts, as ever with producer/engineer David Barbe at the helm. Coming in directly from the road put a head of steam behind the band, allowing them to lay it all out live on the floor, tracking songs like "Once They Banned Imagine" in little more than a single take."We realized we had most of the record," Hood says, "so we went back after the holidays for four more days, but ended up finishing it in three. We tend to usually take about two weeks to make a record so this was really quick.""That was a lot of fun," the Alabama-based Cooley says, "and a shorter drive for me."Speed was of the essence, as DBT was determined to get their record out at the height of the 2016 election season. By their very nature, Drive-By Truckers has always been an inherently political act, "but this is the first time its been out there on the surface," Cooley says, "No bones about it.""Ive always considered our band to be political," Hood says. "Ive studied and followed politics since I was a small kid. I got in trouble in third grade for a paper I wrote about Watergate the teacher sent a note home to my parents saying I was voicing opinions about our president that she didnt appreciate. Thats the one time I got in trouble at school where my parents sided with me.""SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA was a pretty political record," Cooley says. "But we hadnt had our first black president yet. We hadnt sat in the bleachers and watched the backlash, which, as acquainted as we are with racism, went beyond what anyone imagined it would be."Political matters reared their head on 2014s ENGLISH OCEANS, most explicitly on Cooleys "Made Up English Oceans," detailing the life and crimes of late Republican black ops master Lee Atwater. Hood further sharpened his own skills by penning an op-ed for the New York Times condemning the Confederate Flag and its vile role in Southern culture."That was a major learning experience," he says. "Working with an editor, how to streamline what Im trying to say, how to find the most powerful part and get rid of some of the excess. It was really grueling but I was eager to take it on and learn as much as I could from it."Hood delivered a finished draft to the Old Gray Lady and within moments, wrote the ferocious "Darkened Flags On The Cusp Of Dawn" on a borrowed guitar his own gear in a moving van on its way to his familys new home in Portland. The song, like so much of the album, is a direct response to 2014s police shootings of unarmed African-Americans, a moment both Hood and Cooley see as the catalyst for their blunt new approach. Long haunted by the police shooting of a mentally ill neighbor in his former hometown of Athens, GA, Hood wrote "What It Means" in the heat of Ferguson, Staten Island, and the subsequent emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement."It was all in my head and just kind of bubbling at the surface," Hood says. "I think we knew early on that was the direction this record was going to go in."Hoods friend and collaborator for more than half their lives, Cooley was a on similar trip, reading, writing, and pondering the very same issues that rend the country in two."We have conversations about all this stuff," he says, "but not necessarily in terms of planning an album or anything. Then we go home, he writes a song, I write a song, and theyre both basically about the same thing.""We tend to come to the same conclusions separately but together," Hood says. "We dont really discuss it until we have a bunch of songs. Weve always been astounded at how much common ground our songs have, record after record. SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA is the only time we discussed a game plan for what we were going to write, the only time. Its kind of uncanny. Truly a beautiful thing."Further creative inspiration came from a pair of American milestone pieces of art, Ta-Nehisi Coates National Book Award-winning Between The World and Me and Kendrick Lamars TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY, "in my opinion, the greatest musical work of our current time," says Hood."Its an inspiring album and one that made me question myself," he says. "Im a white guy from the South, do I have the right to be singing about this stuff? What can I do? The only conclusion I could come up with was maybe white guys, with Southern accents, who look like rednecks, need to say Black Lives Matter too. Its a start, a tiny start, but a step in the right direction is better than no step at all.""I couldnt not do it," says Cooley. "Ive got to speak about this stuff, somehow or another. And Im going to speak about it from a middle aged Southern white working class evangelical background male point of view."Much like Lamars GRAMMY Award-winning song cycle, AMERICAN BAND serves as a stark, tightly focused snapshot of todays America, an exemplary illustration of rock n roll as a vehicle for social commentary and clear-eyed reportage. "Guns of Umpqua" captures Hoods reaction to the 2015 shooting at Roseburg, ORs Umpqua Community College while Cooleys breakneck "Ramon Casiano" is a topical folk rocker telling the little known tale of former National Rife Association leader Harlon Carter and the murder of 15-year-old Ramon Casiano. Known as "Mr. NRA," Carter transformed the organization from its original role as a sportsmen and conservationist group into what Cooley correctly declares "a right wing, white supremacist gun cult." A Southern-rooted band opening their album with such a song makes for a singularly powerful statement, the NRAs monolithic control of the debate demanding opposing artists to be as overt and vocal on the issue as possible."The NRA needs to be turned into a political turd in a swimming pool," Cooley says, "so all these fuckers will start paddling away."What Im trying to do is point straight to the white supremacist core of gun culture," Cooley concludes. "Thats what it is and thats where its roots are. When gun culture thinks about all the threats they need to be armed against, what color are they?"Of course the personal can also be politic, represented here by Hoods deeply felt "Baggage." Penned the night of Robin Williams death, the song sees Hood examining his own demons and long bout with depression, "the worst Ive had as an older adult," he says. "I was kind of blindsided by it. There had always been a tangible thing that I could point to as to what was wrong, but this time I was grasping for something and not quite finding it."AMERICAN BAND is surprisingly optimistic thanks to Hoods "absolutely" improved mental health as well as Drive-By Truckers passion for the issues behind the material. The band intend to hit the road harder than ever in support of AMERICAN BAND, bringing their songs to the people as they have always done, only this time with the countrys very future at stake. Fortunately for America, Drive-By Truckers are, as a Great Man once said, fired up, ready to go."I feel like Cooley and I both nailed what were going for on every song on this record," Hood says. "I dont think theres a wasted line or word on this record. Theres nothing I would change, thats for sure. I think we got this one right.""Im sure there will be people saying I wish theyd keep the politics out of it," Cooley says, "but one of the characteristics among the people and institutions we are taking to task in these songs is their self-appointed status as the exclusive authority on what American is. What is American enough and who the real Americans are. Putting AMERICAN BAND right out front is our way of reclaiming the right to define our American identity on our own terms, and show that it's out of love of country that we draw our inspiration."

Location: Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom One Cannery Row Nashville, TN. | Start: 11/10/2018 8:00:00 PM End:
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with Lilly Hiatt 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. Master songwriters both, Hood and Cooley wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse. As a result, songs like "What It Means" and the tub-thumping "Kinky Hypocrites" are intensely human music from a rock n roll band yearning for community and collective action. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation."I dont want there to be any doubt as to which side of this discussion we fall on," Hood says. "I dont want there to be any misunderstanding of where we stand. If you dont like it, you can leave. Its okay. Were not trying to be everybodys favorite band, were going to be who we are and do what we do and anyone whos with us, wed love to have them join in."Mike Cooley is somewhat more direct. "I wanted this to be a no bones about it, in your face political album," he says. "I wanted to piss off the assholes."AMERICAN BANDs 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 bands two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015s ITS GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, marking the first time DBT have made three consecutive LPs with the same hard-traveling crew."This is the longest period of stability in our bands history," says Hood. "I think we finally hit the magic formula. Its made everything more fun than its ever been, making records and playing shows."Drive-By Truckers might have maintained constancy but Hood embraced change by moving his family to Portland, OR in July 2015, a physical shift which he says "opened the floodgates" to a batch of deeply felt, strikingly emotional new songs. Having recorded the bulk of their canon in Athens, GA, the band was also eager to reinvent their own surroundings. Memphis was considered but when DBTs November 2015 tour wrapped in Nashville, the band decided to spend a few days at the legendary Sound Emporium getting a head start on the new record.Never ones to screw around in the studio, DBT cranked out nine new songs in just three 14-hour shifts, as ever with producer/engineer David Barbe at the helm. Coming in directly from the road put a head of steam behind the band, allowing them to lay it all out live on the floor, tracking songs like "Once They Banned Imagine" in little more than a single take."We realized we had most of the record," Hood says, "so we went back after the holidays for four more days, but ended up finishing it in three. We tend to usually take about two weeks to make a record so this was really quick.""That was a lot of fun," the Alabama-based Cooley says, "and a shorter drive for me."Speed was of the essence, as DBT was determined to get their record out at the height of the 2016 election season. By their very nature, Drive-By Truckers has always been an inherently political act, "but this is the first time its been out there on the surface," Cooley says, "No bones about it.""Ive always considered our band to be political," Hood says. "Ive studied and followed politics since I was a small kid. I got in trouble in third grade for a paper I wrote about Watergate the teacher sent a note home to my parents saying I was voicing opinions about our president that she didnt appreciate. Thats the one time I got in trouble at school where my parents sided with me.""SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA was a pretty political record," Cooley says. "But we hadnt had our first black president yet. We hadnt sat in the bleachers and watched the backlash, which, as acquainted as we are with racism, went beyond what anyone imagined it would be."Political matters reared their head on 2014s ENGLISH OCEANS, most explicitly on Cooleys "Made Up English Oceans," detailing the life and crimes of late Republican black ops master Lee Atwater. Hood further sharpened his own skills by penning an op-ed for the New York Times condemning the Confederate Flag and its vile role in Southern culture."That was a major learning experience," he says. "Working with an editor, how to streamline what Im trying to say, how to find the most powerful part and get rid of some of the excess. It was really grueling but I was eager to take it on and learn as much as I could from it."Hood delivered a finished draft to the Old Gray Lady and within moments, wrote the ferocious "Darkened Flags On The Cusp Of Dawn" on a borrowed guitar his own gear in a moving van on its way to his familys new home in Portland. The song, like so much of the album, is a direct response to 2014s police shootings of unarmed African-Americans, a moment both Hood and Cooley see as the catalyst for their blunt new approach. Long haunted by the police shooting of a mentally ill neighbor in his former hometown of Athens, GA, Hood wrote "What It Means" in the heat of Ferguson, Staten Island, and the subsequent emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement."It was all in my head and just kind of bubbling at the surface," Hood says. "I think we knew early on that was the direction this record was going to go in."Hoods friend and collaborator for more than half their lives, Cooley was a on similar trip, reading, writing, and pondering the very same issues that rend the country in two."We have conversations about all this stuff," he says, "but not necessarily in terms of planning an album or anything. Then we go home, he writes a song, I write a song, and theyre both basically about the same thing.""We tend to come to the same conclusions separately but together," Hood says. "We dont really discuss it until we have a bunch of songs. Weve always been astounded at how much common ground our songs have, record after record. SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA is the only time we discussed a game plan for what we were going to write, the only time. Its kind of uncanny. Truly a beautiful thing."Further creative inspiration came from a pair of American milestone pieces of art, Ta-Nehisi Coates National Book Award-winning Between The World and Me and Kendrick Lamars TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY, "in my opinion, the greatest musical work of our current time," says Hood."Its an inspiring album and one that made me question myself," he says. "Im a white guy from the South, do I have the right to be singing about this stuff? What can I do? The only conclusion I could come up with was maybe white guys, with Southern accents, who look like rednecks, need to say Black Lives Matter too. Its a start, a tiny start, but a step in the right direction is better than no step at all.""I couldnt not do it," says Cooley. "Ive got to speak about this stuff, somehow or another. And Im going to speak about it from a middle aged Southern white working class evangelical background male point of view."Much like Lamars GRAMMY Award-winning song cycle, AMERICAN BAND serves as a stark, tightly focused snapshot of todays America, an exemplary illustration of rock n roll as a vehicle for social commentary and clear-eyed reportage. "Guns of Umpqua" captures Hoods reaction to the 2015 shooting at Roseburg, ORs Umpqua Community College while Cooleys breakneck "Ramon Casiano" is a topical folk rocker telling the little known tale of former National Rife Association leader Harlon Carter and the murder of 15-year-old Ramon Casiano. Known as "Mr. NRA," Carter transformed the organization from its original role as a sportsmen and conservationist group into what Cooley correctly declares "a right wing, white supremacist gun cult." A Southern-rooted band opening their album with such a song makes for a singularly powerful statement, the NRAs monolithic control of the debate demanding opposing artists to be as overt and vocal on the issue as possible."The NRA needs to be turned into a political turd in a swimming pool," Cooley says, "so all these fuckers will start paddling away."What Im trying to do is point straight to the white supremacist core of gun culture," Cooley concludes. "Thats what it is and thats where its roots are. When gun culture thinks about all the threats they need to be armed against, what color are they?"Of course the personal can also be politic, represented here by Hoods deeply felt "Baggage." Penned the night of Robin Williams death, the song sees Hood examining his own demons and long bout with depression, "the worst Ive had as an older adult," he says. "I was kind of blindsided by it. There had always been a tangible thing that I could point to as to what was wrong, but this time I was grasping for something and not quite finding it."AMERICAN BAND is surprisingly optimistic thanks to Hoods "absolutely" improved mental health as well as Drive-By Truckers passion for the issues behind the material. The band intend to hit the road harder than ever in support of AMERICAN BAND, bringing their songs to the people as they have always done, only this time with the countrys very future at stake. Fortunately for America, Drive-By Truckers are, as a Great Man once said, fired up, ready to go."I feel like Cooley and I both nailed what were going for on every song on this record," Hood says. "I dont think theres a wasted line or word on this record. Theres nothing I would change, thats for sure. I think we got this one right.""Im sure there will be people saying I wish theyd keep the politics out of it," Cooley says, "but one of the characteristics among the people and institutions we are taking to task in these songs is their self-appointed status as the exclusive authority on what American is. What is American enough and who the real Americans are. Putting AMERICAN BAND right out front is our way of reclaiming the right to define our American identity on our own terms, and show that it's out of love of country that we draw our inspiration."

Location: Mercy Lounge / Cannery Ballroom One Cannery Row Nashville, TN. | Start: 11/9/2018 8:00:00 PM End:
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with Fit For A King, '68 Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore act the Devil Wears Prada took their name from the novel and movie, but rebranded it to fit their anti-materialistic ethics. Formed in 2005, the band consisted of singer and lyricist Mike Hranica (who handled the death growl vocals), guitarist and vocalist Jeremy DePoyster (who performed the clean vocals), guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick, keyboardist James Baney, and drummer Daniel Williams (Hranica and Rubey also had an experimental grindcore side project band called xGUMBYx). This lineup recorded the 2005 EP Patterns of a Horizon, which was self-released with individual hand-painted covers.Signing to Victory Records' positive-themed subsidiary Rise, the Devil Wears Prada released Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord in the summer of 2006. After selling more than 30,000 units of their debut, they went back to the studio and began plugging away on 2007's Plagues. With Roots Above and Branches Below followed two years later. They released a concept EP about the apocalypse titled Zombie in 2010. Both of these latter releases debuted in the Billboard Top Ten; the band was also a star live attraction, headlining -- and selling out -- its own tours for three years running.In the summer of 2011, they headlined the Vans Warped Tour as a precursor to the release of their fourth album, Dead Throne, which was produced by Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz and released in September of that year. The album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number ten, their highest position to date. The group's first live album, Dead&Alive, followed in 2012. The Devil Wears Prada began sessions for their fifth proper album in early 2013, working with producers Matt Goldman (Underoath) and Dutkiewicz again in an executive role. The results, 8:18, appeared on Roadrunner in September 2013. The band continued to tour in support of that album through 2014. In early 2015, founding guitarist Rubey parted ways with the band and was replaced by Kyle Sipress. The band issued the intergalactic concept piece Space EP that summer. A year later, they experienced another lineup change, with Williams amicably leaving the group. Guiseppe Capolupo (DeMise of Eros, Haste the Day) took Williams' place in the studio for sessions that yielded the band's sixth effort, 2016's Transit Blues.

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with Emarosa, Devour The Day, Arlington Hands Like Houses are a fresh and explosive 6 piece from Canberra, Australia. With a rapidly expanding international fanbase, the band has captivated audiences with their electric blend of technical, effects- heavy songwriting with post-hardcore passion and stage presence. Driven by rich lyricism and melodic, emotive vocals in the vein of Emarosa and The Getaway Plan, the band presents a complex and finely crafted mix of guitar and electronics, drawing from a broad range of influence including Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens and Closure in Moscow.The closing of 2011 saw the band sign to American record label Rise Records, with their highly anticipated debut album 'Ground Dweller' subsequently announced to be released worldwide on March 13th.HLH traveled to the USA in 2010 and 2011 to record 'Ground Dweller' with Cameron Mizell of Chango Studios (Woe, Is Me, Sleeping With Sirens, Oceana). The subsequent single releases, 'This Ain't No Place For Animals', and Lion Skin (feat. Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig)' earned the band over 5,000 independent single sales via iTunes during 2011, and their most recent single 'Antarctica', released on Youtube through Rise Records, has amassed almost 200,000 views in its first month. Along with the band's self-produced acoustic versions of 'Lion Skin' and The Sower, their YouTube channels have seen over three quarters of a million views, growing daily.Boasting a dedicated and fast-growing international fanbase, built through years of personally managing their social networks and independent promotion and touring, Hands Like Houses will release their hotly anticipated debut album 'Ground Dweller' on March 9th in Australia (March 13th worldwide through Rise Records). Buoyed by exceptional online pre-order numbers for a debut release, the record is well on track to break into the Billboard Top 200 and Heatseeker charts in the US in its first week. To date, the band has supported a number of notable acts from Australia and around the world, including The Getup Kids (USA), As Tall As Lions (USA), The Getaway Plan (AUS), Dream On Dreamer (AUS), Break Even (AUS), Hopes Die Last (ITA) and Tonight Alive (AUS). Their 2011 touring schedule saw the band play 50+ shows across Australia and Europe, impressing audiences with a sound and stage presence beyond their standing.Since forming in 2006 between high school friends, the band has evolved and grown to a dedicated and close-knit group. As So Long Safety, the band was nominated for 2 MusicOz awards in 2008, in the Schoolies and Music Video categories. Their singles 'Lion Skin' and 'Antarctica' have seen weekly rotation on Triple J, Australia's largest alternative radio station, as well as regular play on local and internet stations including Western Australia's The Pit FM.2012 will see Hands Like Houses add to their list of local, national and international supports, beginning with Pushover 2012 in Melbourne Australia in support of Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive, 360 and others, before embarking on their first leg of US touring in the northern Spring/Summer to promote the release of 'Ground Dweller'.

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