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2017
| BS 256
$11.95

Sidelong

Deluxe 180-gram vinyl LP comes with digital download card

"I simply cannot imagine a better time to be an independent woman fronting an outlaw country band than right the fuck now.”

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Rowdy punk rock insolence to the right, a bottle in a bag; organic three-chords-and-the-truth frankness to the left—one eye in the rearview mirror and one eye on the rough road ahead. Sidelong is a record that will make you sit up and take notice. This is a new voice for a new country.

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Sidelong rides in the middle front, before seat belts, of a ’77 Buick Riviera, half joy ride and half escapeRowdy punk rock insolence to the right, a bottle in a bag; organic three-chords-and-the-truth frankness to the left—one eye in the rearview mirror and one eye on the rough road ahead.  It’s a hell of a trip.

North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers has been covered by the likes of No DepressionIndependent Weekly, and Rolling Stone, with the latter including the group on their July 2016 list of "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know."

Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it's almost startling—Sarah's lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. Sly turns of phrase so spot on they feel as old and true as a hymn. Anger that's as confrontational as it is concise. Humor that's as wry and resigned as a park bench prophet. With gallows humor belying the upbeat honky-tonk of “The Nail,” she says everything we've all thought in the worst moments of a relationship gone south: Well, I ain’t your last, you ain’t my first / You can’t decide which fact is worse.  Any languid waltz that starts "I'm drinking water tonight cuz I drank all the whiskey this morning" ("Dwight Yoakam") is dipping a bucket into a DEEP well of country pathos—the distorted guitar over the top giving it some real menace. "Fuck Up" is a spry little two-step, but with a devastatingly laconic behind the bar at closing time refrain; the hangdog lyrics speaking to Saturday night regret and Sunday morning repent. “Solitary Confinement” lays out a totally original strategy to keep away from a lover, and the promise in “Misery Without Company,” I’m fixin’ to dry out tomorrow, is wholly unconvincing.

The Disarmers hit all the sweet spots from Nashville’s Lower Broad to Bakersfield and take Sarah's unflinching tales out for some late-night kicks. The versatile guitar of Eric Peterson roams wide but never steers into the ditch. At times, it’s as simple and muscular as Luther Perkins’ boom-chicka-boom, or as downtown as Johnny Thunders (check those greasy riffs in “Nothing Feels Right But Doin’ Wrong”). There’s the chugging indie-rock snarl in “Heal Me” and the big sky horizon of a Cormac McCarthy western in “No Name.” "Keep the Home Fires Burnin'" shows an edgy Buckaroo mettle with the wicked lap steel work by Phil Sullivan. "The Nail" is a dark-souled garage rave-up with the swing of the Old 97's and the backbone of Bob Wills, courtesy of John Howie Jr’s on the money drumming. Aaron Oliva keeps the tempo of the band's live performances on track with the sonic growl of his upright bass. The Disarmers keep in the pocket, tight and tough.

Sidelong is a record that will make you sit up and take notice. This is a new voice for a new country. 

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  • Oozes traditional country elegance spiked with feral, almost frightening grit…And the instrumental chops of the Disarmers are downright staggering—old-school Nashville grace mixed with frenetic backwoods fury.

    — Folio Weekly
  • You’ve got to give Sarah Shook and her aptly-named combo The Disarmers credit; their unabashedly brash delivery and wholly unrepentant attitude demonstrate a confidence that’s rare on a band’s debut. It helps make Sidelong a shockingly candid statement from a rebel without remorse.

    — Bandcamp
  • Sidelong is a stunning LP propelled by raw enthusiasm and unforgettable lines. I couldn't recommend it more…You are going to love her.

    — The FADER
  • Whether she meant to or not, Shook has created a feminist country record with Sidelong, forgoing gender stereotypes, and offering her voice up as an unapologetic, take-me-as-I-am woman who won’t hold back.

    — No Depression
  • Sarah Shook and the Disarmers are the best thing to emerge from country music in the last ten years and Sidelong is the best album released, in any genre, so far this year.

    — Louder Than War (UK)
  • Blending bloodlines of punk and twang as Sidelong sees a Country music future where diversity and challenges are encouraged.

    — AXS
  • Highlights are too many to list.

    — Rocking Magpie
  • Her songs may draw on classic country themes such as boozing, romance (in all its ups and downs), and hard living, but her perspective is unmistakably grounded in the present.

    — She Shreds Magazine
  • Unapologetically delivers truth, grit, and a brazen, no-nonsense attitude…it’s a (totally badass) record for the one who might be broken in love, but isn’t down for the count.

    — The Daily Country
  • She delivers her songs with the brass of someone who has lived the lines she sings… it’s a rare vocalist that sings with such conviction and hits so hard on the first impression.

    — PopMatters
  • Shook has this odd 90s indie rock sensibility. Think Guided By Voices going country. For quite possibly the first time, "Keep the Home Fires Burnin'" has guitars that both twang and fuzz.

    — If It's Too Loud
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers are a Country band out of North Carolina that wear its Rock’n’Roll smirk like a tattoo...[and] sing for sad smiles and hard-luck tales.

    — The Alternate Root
  • Honest to a fault and as foul-mouthed as a drunken sailor, she's a nonconforming spitfire who's proud of not fitting in with mainstream country music.

    — Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Keep the Home Fires Burnin'
  2. The Nail
  3. Heal Me
  4. Sidelong
  5. No Name
  6. Dwight Yoakam
  7. Misery Without Company
  8. Solitary Confinement
  9. Nothin' Feels Right But Doin' Wrong
  10. Fuck Up
  11. Make It Up to Mama
  12. Road That Leads to You

Listen

On Tour

Jun
24
2017

@ MOTR Pub
Cincinnati, OH

Jun
25
2017

@ Melody Inn
Indianapolis, IN

Jun
26
2017

@ Daytrotter
Davenport, IA

Jun
27
2017

@ Big Grove Brewery
Iowa City, IA

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