Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016)

Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the twin towers of America’s hard-rocking south, are pissed off. As pissed off as they’ve ever been. They are sick and tired of reading about mass shootings, innocent blacks gunned down, and the “vile” continuing social injustice of modern day America.

The result is their angriest album in a decade and one of their best since forming the band in 1986, which is saying a lot.

Usually, they tell stories that guide listeners to an enlightened way of thinking. Nothing so fancy this time: “I don’t want there to be any doubt as to which side of this discussion we fall on,” Hood says. “I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding of where we stand. If you don’t like it, you can leave.” Cooley is more succinct: “I wanted to piss off the assholes.”

Patterson and Cooley talk about writing in anger HERE. Fittingly, it’s #NSFW.

American Band is due out Sept. 30.