Let’s face it, 2020 was tough year for just about everybody, but it was particularly brutal for road warrior touring musicians like Read Southall Band. With touring as the lifeblood of what they do, and all of that put on hold in an instant, the pause gave them an opportunity to do exactly that… pause.
“I think for a while we were just focused on touring, getting out there and we didn’t take care of the music as needed.
In a way, we needed that year off the road. We made an album and just worked. We refocused and decided this is what we want to be doing.”
And the result? A genre-bending rock-driven new album that is equal parts Waylon Jennings as it is Smashing Pumpkins. It’s Gary Stewart meets Chris Cornell. But most of all, this album finds Read Southall Band pointing the compass back to true north, and perhaps, finding their true identity as a band.
“I don’t think we would be a band without this album.”
Titled For The Birds, we got our first taste of the new project with “Where We Belong,” an atmospheric tune channeling their inner Kings Of Leon, and today, we’re please to exclusively premiere another piece of the puzzle, “DLTGYD.”
Of the new song, Read calls it a cry for empathy and compassion during a time when there doesn’t seem to be much to go around. A necessary reminder to “don’t let them get you down.”
“At heart, this song is a cry for empathy from someone who has grown not to expect it.
It is a compassionate and yet seemingly unfriendly reminder from your friends here that each and every person on this planet has their own versions of their own struggles.
Unfortunately, there are always going to be people, communities, institutions, etc. that are going to make it more difficult for us to be the best versions of ourselves as people, as a community, as a country, or as the human race.
This kind of person wants to fight the downhill battle. We are interested in going up.”
For The Birds is set to drop on October 22nd… get ready.