Warning: The "Perilous Night" Does not go Softly
The Drive By Truckers weren't afraid to get political in 2016. It turns out this year isn't any different. Recently, the Alabama outfit has released perhaps the finest protest song of the Trump era: "The Perilous Night". While I think the tune goes overboard with the Russian fear mongering that is ever too present in our current political environment, the song is perfectly sung, the words are clear, the guitars are pulled on tight like rattling chains, and a groovy piano is down for the drive. Lyrically, Patterson Hood expresses his concern about the "alt-right"- white dudes in polo shirts and khakis that preach white supremacy-and is concerned they're gaining ground. Sadly, it's hard to argue with him there. Accordingly, the songs pessimism is real, hopes expressed are urgent, and the guitars are loud. Lines have been drawn in the sand. Hood puts it best: lets not "dismantle the greatest generations fight"- so go ahead and listen to "The Perilous Night".
PS: "The Perilous Night" reminds me a lot of this song musically, and like the Clash, DBT wants you to know your rights.