We have a song premiere today from New York songsmith Don Dilego who Rolling Stone declared as “alt-country’s next poster boy”. Drive Like Pirates is taken from his forthcoming album ‘Magnificent Ram A’, recorded in Portland, OREGON with producer/engineer Gregg Williams (Blitzen Trapper, Dandy Warhols, The Decemberists), and at the wooded Pennsylvania retreat that is Velvet Elk Studios.
“‘Drive Like Pirates’ came out of a late-night session with just myself and guitarist Marwan Kanafani,” explains Don. “Our goal was to create a vintage sounding 70’s track, but with no drums. So all the rhythm on the track is us stomping and clapping into the wee hours of the morning. And it ended up sounding like a thunderous, drum track.
“Thematically, it’s about a friendship and showing your friend the light when there seems none to be found. Drive Like Pirates, I guess, is just a metaphor for letting things go and being reckless when needed!”
Don DiLego releases a new three track single ‘Drive Like Pirates’ b/w ‘Different Man’ & ‘The Pharmacist In the Aquarium’ via Velvet Elk/ One Little Indian on 25th March.
Don’t miss his UK gigs this month with Jesse Malin, details below: