The band’s next release will be called Head Down, the follow-up to 2011′s Pressure & Time.
Head Down was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon). The artwork was created by Jason Holley (Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne).
Says frontman Jay Buchanan: “We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record. Head Down comes from the term ‘Keep your head down and keep on swinging’. I thought it was fitting and it works perfectly with the album cover.”
Guitarist Scott Holiday says of the album artwork: “I began searching for the right artist for our cover on the interwebs, just mulling around, and very quickly came across Jason Holley. I saw a couple of covers that he had done for Josh Ritter and Ray LaMontagne which I loved. I was immediately taken aback by his aesthetic and style and felt he had a few pieces already done that I would be into using.
“I sent some of his images over to Jay and he had the same immediate feeling I did… Which is pretty rare. He could have been from anywhere in the world, but he just so happened to live about 30 minutes away from me, so I gave him a ring and we started talking.
“We sent him the record and discussed ideas that we felt reflected the music and process. He then created an original piece, painted in oil. The end result is pretty symbolic and interesting – something that, in my opinion, reflects the record beautifully.”
Head Down is due to be released in late August on Earache Records.