Writing independently, Drive-By Truckers' Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood penned songs that dovetailed brilliantly with each other on English Oceans, the Athens, Georgia-based band's 12th release. Hood says, "Every song on this record connects with another song. I noticed Cooley's got a line in 'Primer Coat' about 'apron strings,' and I have the exact same image in one of my songs, 'Hanging On.' It goes on and on and on like that on this record, and that's a pretty good sign for things, particularly given how different our temperaments are and our styles of writing are."
DBT's ever-keen political edge can also be seen on the release. Cooley's "Made Up English Oceans" derives from his interest in the career of Lee Atwater, the Republican operative who was active in the Reagan and Bush campaigns of the '80s. "He was the guy that Karl Rove and all of the modern dirty tricksters looked to - he was one of the granddaddies of it all. That song is from his point of view, fictionally of course. It's him making his pitch, telling what he understands about young, Southern men." Watch below as a good girl goes bad with the Bible by her side in the song's new video, directed by Joshua Black Wilson (The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson):
Drive-By Truckers will return to the UK next month, including an appearance at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire:
Sun 11th Glasgow ABC
Mon 12th Manchester Ritz
Tue 13th London Shepherd's Bush Empire