2nd Dead Confederate Album En Route


Record reportedly “shaped”
but touring stints with Dinosaur Jr and the Meat Puppets.


By Blurt Staff


Confederate has its sophomore record Sugar due on August 24 on TAO Recordings/Old
Flame. It’s the followup to their 2008 debut Wrecking Ball and is
described by the label as “exploring new styles beyond the aching, bleak
psychedelia with which the band originally made their mark.”


Recorded by John Agnello (Hold Steady, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) during a record-setting
blizzard in New Jersey,
the sessions focused on the malleability of the freshly written songs. The
start to this progression was shaped by tours with legends Dinosaur Jr and Meat Puppets, and gave Dead
Confederate an increased appreciation for the early underground bands of the ‘80s
and ‘90s that laid the foundation on which their sound is built. The album also
features a special guest appearance by J.
Mascis on the single “Giving It All Away.”


Splitting songwriting duties
between bassist Brantly Senn and
singer/guitarist Hardy Morris,
each songwriter picked their favorite of the other’s contributions, creating a
complementary collection of songs. Instead of touring the newly penned tracks,
the band (Jason Scarboro, Walker Howle,
John Watkins) spent two days learning 20 songs and a week reworking
them, then laid half of them down.  


Dead Confederate is currently
touring Europe, with a return to the US
in June for Kentucky’s
Forecastle Festival. More US tour dates



Dead Confederate was profiled in December of 2008 by BLURT
right here.



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