The follow-up to 2011’s Go-Go Boots, English Oceans is the 12th studio effort from Drive-By Truckers. The album was recorded in under two weeks in Athens, Ga. with the band’s longtime producer David Barbe. According to the band, the songwriting duties were split evenly between co-founders Mike Cooley, who brought six new songs to the album, and Patterson Hood.
For this record, Drive-By Truckers used a reconstructed unit, enlisting the help of Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008, and bassist Matt Patton from Tuscaloosa-based band The Dexateens. “It’s a very tasteful group, and when it needs to be it can be a very big, powerful, over-the-top band, too, and it can go from one to the other seamlessly,” Hood said in a press release.
This the official reissue of the bands long ‘out of print’ live album from 2000, Alabama Ass Whuppin ‘. Recorded in various Georgia clubs during the Pizza Deliverance Tour of 1999, it is probably the most punk rock thing they have ever done. ATO Records & Drive-By Truckers have restored the original 1/2’ analogue mixes of the album which have been re-mastered with some beautiful new art work.
01-Why Henry Drinks
04-Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)
05-Don’t Be In Love Around Me
06-18 Wheels Of Love
07-The Avon Lady
08-Margo And Harold
11-People Who Died
12-Love Like This
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Gangstabilly, DBT’s debut, went largely overlooked. No mock-rock operas or anxious, insistent Southernism here — Gangstabilly keeps its charm by keeping it simple. Whereas post- “Pizza Deliverance”DBT tended to veer into weathered tailgate-party twang, Gangstabilly is a swamp of mushy drums, scraggly acoustics, and pedal-steel whimper — a catalog of trashy but telling details and broader yet personal pangs.
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1. When I Ran Off and Left Her
2. Used to Be a Cop (Live in Atlanta, GA)
3. Everybody Needs Love (Live in Madison, WI)
4. Get Downtown (Live in Atlanta, GA)
5. Mercy Buckets (Live in Atlanta, GA)
6. Buttholeville State Trooper (Live in Atlanta, GA)
With special guest Cody Dickinson and David Barbe
The Drive By Truckers have released three great rock albums in Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South but they didn’t start out like that. Gangstabilly is their first album and the sound is completely different from the three aforementioned “rawk” classics. Here we are listening to a band which is more than a little bit country, they even have banjos and lots of pedal steel.The songwriting, however, is still great. The Truckers songs always tell a story and the lyrics and subject matter are never trite or cliched. The best songs on this album are “The Living Bubba” about a musician defying AIDS, the tale of folly and loss that is “Panties in your Purse”, the joyous “18 Wheels of Love” – who else would write that chorus, “Steve McQueen” and the country-punk of “Buttholeville”
This release of the Alabama foursome’s 1999 sophomore record picks up where its debut album Gangstabilly (also re-issued by New West Records) left off–fruitful storyteller Patterson Hood and his cotton-drawl vocals bobbing and weaving through the trepidations and peculiarities of his life in the Deep South. The Truckers abstain from some of the white-trash bulls-eyes and volume 11 blasters on their debut for a 14-song hootenanny about riding bulldozers in red clay, a reclusive uncle, giving up sex for the Lord, and a Memphis performance by the late shock-rocker G.G. Alin .The bluesy sing-a-long “Nine Bullets” features one round of lead for each of Hood’s adversaries, but two songs later he harmoniously reminisces his great-grandmother in “Box of Spiders.” It’s a remarkable divergence that drives Pizza Deliverance and sets the table for the Southern Rock Opera that comes next. – Scott Holter
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