Sarah Shook & The Disarmers bring 'Years' over for a select number of shows in November11-06-2018
When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned praise for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching.
Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and, at times, a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track, coloring the tales of resilience and empathy with as much urgency as ever as well as a broader sonic sweep. It’s easy to hear Sarah as a close cousin to artists like Hurray for the Riff Raff and Margo Price on the title track, or in the country-‘60s mod vibe. At its pounding heart, Years crackles with a pointedly contemporary and relevant take on the outlaw spirit. Built around the buoyant pedal steel of Phil Sullivan, and the post-punk rattle and Live at San Quentin hum of Eric Peterson’s guitar, there are echoes of Nikki Lane and Merle Haggard as much as Ty Segall.
This November Sarah Shook & The Disarmers bring Years over to Europe:
02 NOV: Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis
03 NOV: Groningen (NL) @ Take Root
05 NOV: London (UK) @ Old Blue Last
07 NOV: Barcelona (ESP) @ Rocksound
08 NOV: Zaragoza (ESP) @ Rock & Blues
09 NOV: Madrid (ESP) @ Boite Live