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DRIVE BY TRUCKERS

Leeds University

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Saturday 29.05.2021

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Ticket price including booking fee of £2.50 (each): £25.00
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Doors 7:30pm // Age Restriction 14+

Please note that the venue for this gig is now been changed to the Leeds University Stylus

Patterson Hood passed on the following message about the postponement of the gig:-

"Y’all,

Today I sit at home, quarantined at a time when I should be packing my suitcases for a long awaited return to Europe and the UK. DBT has been anxiously looking forward to coming over and touring your beautiful cities and venues for what seems like forever. Cancelling this tour has been excruciating for us.

Instead, I am at least happy to announce the rescheduled dates for the tour.

It seems like a long way away, but with the current conditions, maybe that gives us all time to get things back to some kind of normal. DBT loves playing and touring and we especially love coming over to your shore and visiting our friends overseas.

In addition to the original tour cities, we have added shows in Paris, Glasgow, Hamburg, Brighton and Helsinki.

In the meantime, it is our hope that everyone will stay healthy and safe.

We promise to bring our A-Game when we are finally able to come play for you.

See you at the long awaited Rock and Roll Show.

Sincerely,

Patterson Hood Drive-By Truckers (The DBT’s)"

About the Album and the Tour

An overview of our journey from post-election blues, into the heart of Memphis and onward into 2020 with a new album.

Drive-By Truckers is kicking off the new election year with The Unraveling, our first new album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between new DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

While a quick glance might imply that we're picking up where 2016's American Band album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I've always said that all of our records are political but I've also said that "politics IS personal". With that in mind, this album is especially personal.

Our 2018 single "The Perilous Night" acted as a sort of coda to the polemic of the last album and the original plan was to zigzag in a different direction, but alas the past few years have seen an uptick in school shootings, church shootings, racial violence, suicides and overdoses, border violence, and an assault on so many things that we all hold dear. They're literally putting children in cages. Writing silly love songs just seemed the height of privilege.

My partner Mike Cooley and I both worked through deep pools of writer's block. How do you put these day to day things we're all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to? How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can't even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.

Eventually the songs did come, some in mysterious ways. A day-long layover at an exit outside of Gillette, Wyoming resulted in "21st Century USA", the song that for me opened up the floodgates, enabling me to write my portion of the album.

I wrote "Babies in Cages" in the living room of my wife's parent's house and quickly demoed it on my phone. A portion of that original recording acts as the introduction to the version on the album. Cooley wrote "Grievance Merchants" about the proliferation of white supremacist violence we've seen in recent years. Our family's babysitter's best friend was murdered on a train in beautiful progressive Portland, Oregon in one such incident. The political is indeed very personal.

 

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