THE RECKLESS DRIFTERS RETURN WITH NEW VALENTINE’S DAY RELEASE!

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…

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

For requests, questions or more information, please contact:
W.C. “Bill” Moriarity
Office: 323-874-7589
Mobile: 323-640-4249

The Reckless Drifters Arrive on Valentine’s Day!

Genre-bending debut available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers on February 14!

Pre-order on Amazon now! – Click Here

Have no fear – The Reckless Drifters are here! And their debut release, “Baby, We’re Really in Love” backed with “Radio, Radio,” arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. Both tracks will be available on February 14th through iTunes and Amazon as well as most other digital retailers.

Though most folks may already be familiar with Hank Williams’ original version of “Baby, We’re Really in Love” and Elvis Costello’s original version of “Radio, Radio,” it’s safe to assume that no one’s ever heard them quite like this before. And that’s because The Reckless Drifters is a country/punk covers project with a twist. It’s all about mixing up musical styles – taking well-known songs from one genre and reinterpreting them in an entirely different genre. Classic country songs get punked up while punk classics get the country treatment. So, in this case, “Baby, We’re Really in Love” gets revved up and kicked into high gear, while “Radio, Radio” settles down and gets countrified. And both songs take on a surprisingly fresh life when presented in a whole new context!

The tracks are delivered by an experienced mix of musical talents from a variety of acts operating under the alias of The Reckless Drifters. These first two genre-bending tracks feature singer John Easdale and guitarist Mark Englert (both from Dramarama), singer Christa Collins (The Woolly Bandits/The X Factor), drummer Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion/Agent Orange/The Adolescents) and bassist Sylvain de Muizon (Miss Derringer/J.R. Black).

On “Baby, We’re Really in Love,” Easdale’s and Collins’ dueling vocals make for a desperate and delirious love duet, while Englert’s propulsive guitar-playing fuels the turbo-charged track to a frenetic finish. On “Radio, Radio,” Easdale gets gritty on lead vocals while Collins’ sweet backing vocals offer a perfectly pleasing counterpoint, and Englert’s guitar, banjo, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel provide the perfect musical accompaniment. Meanwhile, O’Brien and de Muizon combine to provide the driving rhythm for “Baby, We’re Really in Love” while delivering a suitable shuffle to “Radio, Radio.”

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, fronted his own Johnny Cash cover band, J.R. Black, and co-produced Miss Derringer’s most recent EP. They both share a life-long passion for punk as well as classic country.

Moriarity says, “I know it might sound crazy and no one would ever mistake me for any kind of hip-hop fan, but the first time I actually sat and listened to Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems,’ it immediately occurred to me that, with a few changes, it could actually make a great country song. I could easily hear Hank Williams singing, ‘I got 99 problems but a woman ain’t one.’ But it got me thinking about all these great punk and country songs that would totally make sense in another genre, and that’s kind of what got this whole crazy idea going. And from working with Sylvain [de Muizon] through Miss Derringer, I knew that he’d get it and understand how these songs could be arranged in a totally different way.

“So, we called on a bunch of great musicians we knew who were all really eager to jump on board and come together to take these songs in a whole new direction. They did an amazing job with them and they really sound great. ‘Baby, We’re Really in Love’ really kicks ass now – if you’d never heard it before, you’d never have any idea that it used to be this nice, sweet, simple, little country song from the ’40s. And with Elvis Costello’s bitter lyrics about radio and the whole music business, hearing ‘Radio, Radio’ with a country flair now really gives it a whole new resonance considering the totally depressing state of the modern country music scene these days.”

Look for the digital-only release of these first two genre-bending tracks by The Reckless Drifters on February 14th on Wild Bill Records, whose last release was Miss Derringer’s The Shadow EP. A music video for “Baby, We’re Really in Love,” which offers a glimpse into the making of the song, will also debut on Valentine’s Day. And stay tuned – there might be even more to come just down the road apiece…

THE RECKLESS DRIFTERS LINKS & INFO
Private Link to Preview The Reckless Drifters on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/wildbillrecords/sets/the-reckless-drifters/s-bV42Q
Amazon Pre-Order Link:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795HBJB4
iTunes Pre-Order Link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-reckless-drifters-single/1338086352
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Artist: The Reckless Drifters
Tracks: “Baby, We’re Really In Love” & “Radio, Radio”
Label: Wild Bill Records
Release Date: February 14, 2018 (Valentine’s Day)
Vocals: John Easdale (Dramarama) & Christa Collins (The Woolly Bandits/The X Factor)
Electric Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/Lap Steel/Pedal Steel: Mark Englert (Dramarama)
Bass & Rhythm Guitar: Sylvain de Muizon (Miss Derringer/J.R. Black)
Drums & Tambourine: Derek O’Brien (Social Distortion/Agent Orange/The Adolescents)
Produced by: W.C. “Bill” Moriarity & Sylvain de Muizon

For requests, questions or more information, please contact:
W.C. “Bill” Moriarity
Office: 323-874-7589
Mobile: 323-640-4249
wcmori@aol.com