The old formula for female singers just isn’t working anymore. Blame whoever you like, but very few are getting too far singing sappy love songs and the “Girl power” ballads of yesteryear. So why play by those rules? Enter Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, singing about things that many would consider masculine topics; booze, sex, drugs, and cheating. In reality we all think about these things and this is just a heart-on-sleeve human letting it all out without filter or give-a-shit about what you think.
I was pretty excited to hear the new music from this crew of misfits, though I will admit to a bit of concern about how easy it would be to carry the same energy and authenticity of Sidelong into another album three years later. My concerns were quelled when I heard “Good As Gold”, there is a bit more of a honky-tonk feel to this one, but it has that same edge that hooked me from the beginning. Sarah’s voice still warbles, there is that frankness I’ve grown accustomed to, and that trademark “The hell with you” attitude isn’t hiding from anyone.
Whether you call it punk-country, outlaw country, or new country; it’s really all of the above. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are a unique blend of all that is good from each, but I don’t think it’s fair to lump them into any one of those categories, they are something special.
It’s hard to put into words why I consider Years to be one of my most anticipated albums of 2018; maybe it’s because their sound is so different, or they blend so many genres to make their own, or maybe it’s just because I’m a fanboy. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Sidelong was/is one of my favorite albums from the last 5 years because it feels authentic, different, and without makeup. If Years has half the mustard Sidelong had, I’ll be a happy fan, and continue my work to convert those uneducated on the Book of Shook.
I’m going to be bellied up to the bar in Boston when they come in late April, who wants to meet me there?
Years is out April 6th, and currently available for pre-order physically HERE and digital on Itunes (And I'm sure other platforms as well)