Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Old 97's return with new music this spring

The Old 97's have confirmed the April 29 release of their new album and ATO debut, Most Messed Up.

Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, it features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N' Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Titles like "Wasted," "Intervention," "Wheels Off," "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On," and "Most Messed Up" hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit - men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won't let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story. The magic in Miller's songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars.

"There's a lot of darkness hidden in this record," Miller explains.

The Old 97's emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. Most Messed Up follows their recent two-volume set, The Grand Theatre.

2014 tour dates to come. 

Track List:

1. Longer Than You've Been Alive
2. Give It Time
3. Let's Get Drunk & Get It On
4. This Is The Ballad
5. Wheels Off
6. Nashville
7. Wasted
8. Guadalajara
9. The Disconnect
10. The Ex Of All You See
11. Intervention
12. Most Messed Up

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