Strange Americans Premiere “Big Black Car”

Today, Strange Americans premiere the first single from their upcoming third full length album ‘Borrow You, Brother,’ via Atwood Magazine. The new track, “Big Black Car” is presented with a Bonnie & Clyde inspired video which Atwood said “captur[es] the voice of those who live for tomorrow and aspire for a better life.”

“Set to a somewhat more lighthearted-but-still-rock, sometimes noisey soundscape, “Big Black Car” takes a joking-but-serious, pointed perspective on income inequality.” explains singer Matt Hoffman, “A street-dwelling homeless person dreams up manufacturing a successful appearance and identity, occasionally slipping in and out of reality and the headaches of poverty.”

Musically, Strange Americans’ third full-length album, ‘Borrow You, Brother’ remains committed to the general guitar-driven, blue-collar Americana rock element that permeates their earlier releases. This latest album, however, diverges in subtle ways : from the keys to the drums, bass and guitars, the sounds, tones and parts are more explorative. At times this means dynamic restraint, craft, control and beauty ; at others it means total freedom, chaos and noise.

For the better part of a year, the Denver, CO band made three trips to The Echo Lab in Denton, TX, where they worked with engineer/producer Matt Pence (Centro-matic, Justin Townes Earle). Pence’s penchant for the creative process combined with the band’s original vision for the songs drove the tracking and mixing process and resulted in a unique record that is simultaneously novel but grounded in tradition. Lyrically, the songs tend to explore social themes including income and wealth inequality, individual success and materialism, but also work, travel and happiness.

Strange Americans will tour this month, with dates in Austin during SXSW.

It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s blue-collar rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straightforward, no-frills rock and roll with a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans has two full-length records, A Royal Battle (2012), and That Kind of Luster (2014), along with the 7” Vinyl Places (2015). They have shared the stage with Chris Stapleton, Old 97’s, Zakk Wylde, Guided By Voices, Soul Rebels, Dead Confederate, Cory Branan, Red Wanting Blue, The Mother Hips, Nick Urata (of Devotchka) and many more. The band has also recorded sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter and Jam in the Van.

TOUR DATES

3/11 – Nederland, CO – Frozen Dead Guy Days

3/16 – Austin, TX – Lucille on Rainey @ 3:00PM (with The Powell Brothers)

3/17 – Austin TX – Tiniest Bar in Texas – Best Lil Big Fest @ 7:40PM

3/24 – Longmont, CO – Oskar Blue’s

3/25 – Crested Butte, CO – Center for the Arts

4/01 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive

4/07 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout

4/08 – Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival

Borrow You, Brother – TRACKLISTING

01. No Punches
02. Big Black Car
03. Pollos
04. Till You’re Told
05. Some Punches
06. Wakin
07. 52 to Ohio
08. Sigue
09. Riverside
10. These Arms
11. Towers

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Feature Photo Cred: Scott McCormick

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