The Drive-By Truckers have never shied away from controversy in their songs, but their newest record, American Band, takes the political commentary to the next level. Songs like “Surrender Under Protest” tackle the recent church shooting in South Carolina and subsequent removal of the Confederate flag from their state capitol with all the wry lyricism and churning guitars that the Truckers are known for. That unapologetically confrontational attitude turns seemingly silly songs like “KKK Took My Baby Away” into a searing commentary on institutionalized hatred and twisted Southern pride. Maybe it is the serious subject matter of this new work or just a well-polished band reaching new creative heights, but American Band might be Drive-By Trucker’s best record to date and certainly their most important.
Take a look at photos from their show at Stubb’s while listening to their session from Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of this post!