Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is having quite the week. On the heels of the sludge titans' two Grammy nominations, the axeman (who's currently on tour with the band in Europe) is gearing up to release a new album with West End Motel, the Atlanta country-rock collective he co-founded alongside longtime collaborator and friend Tom Cheshire. Ahead of Bad With Names, Good With Faces — their first album in six years — the group's dropped an off-the-cuff visual for "Sorry I'm Late," a self-described "home cooked country" jam off the LP full of acoustic strumming, upbeat piano, a horn or two, one steely solo and Hinds forgoing his usual raw-throated screams for an old-school outlaw drawl.
"Definitely a departure from the rest of the record, here's ole B. Hinds making good on his promise for some home cooked country with [vocalist and guitarist] Ben Thrower's official band apology to our wives, girlfriends, and really anyone we've woken up at 5am," said West End Motel in a statement. "Think 1977 in the back of your parents crappy wagon, furiously trying to get passing truckers to blow their horn." They conclude, "We are Southern kids raised on Otis Redding, Merle Haggard and Roger Miller — so we can't help it — it's just in us on occasion."
Bad with Names, Good with Faces hits shelves tomorrow, December 1st. The band are streaming the record in full ahead of its release date via Bandcamp.
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