New tracks featuring members of Blondie, The Bangles, Dramarama & Miss Derringer set to debut on February 14
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Have no fear – the return of The Reckless Drifters is here! And in true anti-Valentine’s Day spirit, their second release, “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” backed with “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” is set to arrive on February 14. Both tracks will be available on all digital platforms and are currently available for pre-order through iTunes.
The Reckless Drifters features a rotating mix of experienced musical talents from acts like Blondie, The Bangles, Dramarama and Miss Derringer in an ongoing country/punk covers project with a twist – classic country songs get punked up while punk and alternative classics get the country treatment.
This latest pair of genre-bending tracks, a revved-up version of Ernest Tubb’s “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” and a country-tinged version of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” features a trio of returning Reckless Drifters from the group’s debut release – singer John Easdale and guitarist Mark Englert, both from Dramarama, along with bassist Sylvain de Muizon from Miss Derringer. And this time around, the gang is joined by drummer Clem Burke and guitarist Frank Infante of Blondie fame, Annette Zilinskas from the Bangles and Blood On The Saddle, and popular L.A. songstress Beck Black to form a truly impressive array of talents.
Though many folks may already be familiar with Ernest Tubb’s original version of “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” and Joy Division’s original version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” it’s safe to assume that no one’s ever heard them quite like this before. And both songs take on a surprisingly fresh life when presented in a whole new context!
On “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin,” Easdale’s and Zilinskas’s lively, dueling vocals make for a desperate and delirious duet, while Infante’s and Englert’s propulsive guitar-playing fuels the turbo-charged track to a frantic finish. On “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Easdale’s and Black’s regret-drenched vocals offer a perfect counterpoint to each other, while Infante’s moody guitars really set the tone, and Englert’s slide guitar, lap steel, banjo and mandolin provide the perfect accompaniment. Meanwhile, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Burke and bassist de Muizon combine to provide the driving rhythm for “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” while delivering a suitable shuffle to “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
The group’s first two tracks, a rockin’ version of Hank Williams’ “Baby, We’re Really in Love” and a countrified version of Elvis Costello’s “Radio, Radio,” were released in 2018 and featured Dramarama’s Easdale and Englert and Miss Derringer’s de Muizon, along with singer Christa Collins (The Woolly Bandits) and drummer Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion/Agent Orange/The Adolescents). Both tracks received plenty of airplay on Little Steven’s Underground Garage by deejays like Rodney Bingenheimer and Slim Jim Phantom, on Rich Russo’s syndicated “Anything, Anything” show, on Jonathan L’s internationally-syndicated radio show, on Mike Rogers’ popular radio show in Japan, and on KXLU in Los Angeles along with a host of other outlets.
The project was conceived of and produced by W.C. “Bill” Moriarity and Sylvain de Muizon. After serving as a contributing editor for Creem Magazine Online as well as other publications and also working as a deejay, Moriarity managed pioneering artists like Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome as well as L.A. band Miss Derringer, whose last EP he co-produced, while de Muizon served as the bassist for Miss Derringer, fronts his own classic country cover band as Sylvain Black, and co-produced Miss Derringer’s most recent EP with Moriarity. They both share a life-long passion for punk as well as classic country.
Look for the digital-only release of the latest pair of genre-bending tracks by The Reckless Drifters on February 14th on Wild Bill Records, which also released Miss Derringer’s The Shadow EP. A music video for “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin,” which offers a glimpse into the making of the song, is also on the way. And stay tuned – there might be even more to come just down the road apiece…
THE RECKLESS DRIFTERS LINKS & INFO
Artist: The Reckless Drifters
Tracks: “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” & “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Label: Wild Bill Records
Release Date: February 14, 2020 (Valentine’s Day)
Vocals: John Easdale (Dramarama), Annette Zilinskas (The Bangles, Blood On The Saddle) & Beck Black
Electric Guitar: Frank Infante (Blondie)
Electric Guitar/Slide Guitar/Lap Steel/Banjo/Mandolin: Mark Englert (Dramarama)
Bass & Rhythm Guitar: Sylvain de Muizon (Miss Derringer)
Drums: Clem Burke (Blondie)
Produced by: W.C. “Bill” Moriarity & Sylvain de Muizon
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W.C. “Bill” Moriarity