Drive-By Truckers have launched The Driver, the most recent single off their forthcoming 14th album, Welcome 2 Club XIII.

Opener to Club XIII, “The Driver” instantly units the tone, delving into the hard-edged honky-tonk origins that impressed the autobiographical album. The seven-minute jaunt is full of screeching guitars and searing distortion, a sluggish low-end, and hints of recollections of frontman Patterson Hood that come and go like glimpses from the passenger seat. Despite the fixed pleasure of the manufacturing, the track captures the fleeting nostalgia for a time when life’s journey was seemingly stuffed with countless, unexplored potentialities.

In an announcement, Hood shared, “Roughly the identical Club XIII period, I spent lots of time driving round late at evening once I could not sleep, listening to loud music and sometimes consuming a beer or two. Sometimes throughout these rides, I’d have this epiphany about what I ought to be doing with my life — like listening to Tim from The Replacements proper after it got here out and deciding to drop out of faculty to try to get this complete band factor working convey to.

The pioneering Minnesota punk band obtain a number of particular plaudits on the track when Hood drops the title “Here Comes a Regular,” and later salutes with lyrics like “On our option to see a substitute / When I hydroplaned, however in time for the highway got here. It’s a detour to understand the previous and current for what they’re, and the band could not take pleasure in this quest extra.

Welcome 2 Club XIII will likely be launched on June third by way of ATO Records. This was preceded by the title observe and “Every Single Story Flameout”. pre-orders are in progress.

The Truckers are about to embark on their European tour, which begins May 24 in Helsinki, Finland. They will trek throughout the continent by way of June earlier than returning to the United States for his or her second North American tour in 2022. Select dates of the US run will likely be supported by Jerry Joseph, and it is at the moment scheduled to conclude with an look at Louisville, Kentucky’s Bourbon & Beyond Festival in September. Secure your seats by way of Ticketmaster.

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