Saturday, January 05, 2008

A Ghost to Most

Fret not, loyal readers. I haven't left you.

I'm no one's fanboy. But there are some things that I want to share with you.

My current favorite gothic* southern rock band, The Drive-By Truckers, have a new record coming out later this month. And if the rest of it is as good as the first song I heard off of it, "A Ghost to Most," it will be dang good.

Their last record was A Blessing and a Curse. While it did have some good songs (the title track, "Daylight," and the classic "Gravity's Gone"), it just didn't have that listen-to-for-days-on-end-and-never-get-tired-of vibe that all good records (and all Truckers records up until that point) have.

So back to "Ghost." It's a Cooley track, and like most of his others is a mid-tempo slow burn of wistful coolness. The opening bars remind me of "One of These Days," which given a lesser song would be derivative. Here the word is "inspired."

Here's the link. Click on the song title in the player in the upper right-hand corner.

*That's gothic in a musical and thematic sense, not the period clothing and Doom Cookies sense.

And no, I still wouldn't be caught dead listening to pop-country radio.

ADDENDUM, 2-2-08: On a recent check of the myspace page, "A Ghost to Most" was gone. "3 Dimes Down" is a good substitute..."The Righteous Path" is nice as well. Excellent lyrics.