Sarah Shook and the Disarmers’ Releases New Album Years

By Brian Rock

Sarah Shook and the Disarmers exploded onto the American scene with their 2017 release, Sidelong. Now they’re back to throw gas on that fire with their new album, Years.

Inspired by the early legendary performers of both Country and Punk, Sarah sings a punk country dysfunctional romance in “Good As Gold.” Confessing to her lover that, “I’m afraid of losing everything to you: my heart, my pride…”    She then goes on to warn him that if he leaves her alone too long, she might not be there when he gets back. Or as she admits, “You’re as good as gold, and I’m as good as gone.”

With a voice that’s Part Lucinda Williams, part Patti Smith, and part drunken sailor, Sarah Shook sneers and snarls with a twangy touch of tremolo.

On songs like “Over You,” “The Bottle Never Let Me Down,” and “Heartache In Hell,” Sarah unleashes Hell’s fury on her former lovers. Counting them all as just “New Ways to Fail.” She may not know what she wants, but she sure as Hell knows what she doesn’t want. And she’s not afraid to let you know, in language that’s colorful and coarse.

But Sarah’s misfortunes are our treasures, just as an oyster turns its irritations into pearls, Sarah manages to create musical gems from her pain – with the help of her band.

The Disarmers provide the perfect smoke-filled, honky tonk backdrop for Sarah’s visceral vocals. With an authentic Bakersfield sound, punctuated by pedal steel guitar, the band plays as tight and mean as a clenched fist – as if Sarah needed any help packing a punch!  |  fb  |  buy

Brian Rock

Brian Rock

Brian was raised gypsy style, moving every other year until well after college. As friendships proved to be temporary, Brian found a constant companion in music, wearing the grooves off Beatles and Dylan albums before moving on to Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yokam. Living so often in flux, he has come to value music and lyrics of lasting quality. Not moved by trends or fashion, he is drawn to timeless lyrics and soulful rhythms. Although now settled down, Brian still expresses his gypsy spirit through his writing. He has co-written songs with musician friends he’s met along the way, including several contributions to the 2012 ICMA Album of the Year, Family Album. Brian also writes children’s books and poems, including the Children’s Book Council featured title, The Deductive Detective.
Brian Rock

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