- Tiana Speter
MUSIC NEWS: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Share Spicy New Track 'The Drugs' Ft. Jamie T
A little over a year ago, The Soundcheck boss lady Tiana Speter caught up with the incredible Frank Carter, ahead of the release of the brand new album Sticky from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Between then and now, Mr Carter has been extremely busy, and this week we are witnessing some brand new Rattlesnakes fun in the form of the fiery new single The Drugs, featuring fellow Brit Jamie T.
A voraciously short but sweet outing, The Drugs boasts humid raw tones, raspy and a hard-hitting narrative centered around the notions of addiction and the long road to recovery. All in all, it's a punch of perfect punk, accompanied by an equally raucous video.
Frank Carter with Jamie T / Pic Credit: Bridie Florence
Exploring what it's like to witness addiction, either through your own personal experiences or watching someone else endure it, The Drugs ultimately stemmed from some long conversations as well as an ongoing collaborative narrative between The Rattlesnakes and Jamie T.
"The Drugs was written after a few long conversations with some beautiful friends of mine who had been struggling with addiction," shares Carter of the new track. "Getting clean and staying clean is a long and difficult road but the lessons I learned in 2007 still ring true today. Life is a difficult journey, it’s easier with good friends around."
"Jamie and I had been talking about making music for years and when he asked me to sing on his tune British Hell I jumped at the chance. When I asked him to sing on The Drugs he returned the favour in perfect style. The song The Drugs was my recorded observations of how addiction and medication in all its forms can ruin lives."
"2007 was a wild time to be a young punk navigating the music industry. One of the things I learned very early was friends were hard to find, but when you found them you had to hold on tight. Jamie has been my friend since we bumped into each other backstage at a gig in Austin Texas in 2007. Gallows had just finished playing a set, I had been punched in the face and he walked in and I just smiled a bloody smile and we’ve been friends ever since."
With their gazed fixed on a new album, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes can rejoice that this new material won't be the last we hear in the not-too-distant future from the English rapscallions. For now, crank this absolute belter of a new tune, it is certainly good for what ails you in 2022.
THE DRUGS BY FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES FEAT. JAMIE T IS OUT NOW.
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BY TIANA SPETER