Throughout the 2000's, Drive-By Truckers has churned out song after song celebrating and often grappling with the Southern experience and its history with precise economy and poignant detail. Fronted by founding memebers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the Athens, Ga.-based group mixes twangy rock and blustery guitar lines with truthful storytelling that portrays flawed and colorful characters as they deal with failure and heartache.
Drive-By Truckers now returns with its 12th album, English Oceans, a visceral and raw collection of 13 songs recorded in a mere 13 days last August. As such, there's a feeling of primal immediacy in muscular rock 'n' rollers like "Pauline Hawkins" and "When He's Gone" and of delicate rumination in "When Walter Went Crazy" and "Hanging On." It's in these songs that Hood and Cooley seem reinvigorated as songwriters. English Oceans is yet another energetic and thoughtful album from one of the most consistent and well-respected alt-country bands around.
Watch Hood and Cooley perform a stripped-down acoustic set of songs from English Oceans in the Soundcheck studio.