The Devil Makes Three Return with "Chains Are Broken" August 24th

Article Contributed by New West Records | Published on Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Devil Makes Three are set to return with Chains Are Broken on August 24th via New West Records.  The 11-song set was produced by Ted Hutt (Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly) and recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX.   Chains Are Broken is The Devil Makes Three’s first album of original material since 2013’s acclaimed I’m A Stranger Here, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200.  The new album follows their acclaimed 2016 collection of covers,Redemption & Ruin, which heralded the groups second #1 bow on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart.  Instead of their traditional revolving cast of collaborators in the studio, The Devil Makes Three stuck to its signature power trio of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean - with one addition.  This time, they invited touring drummer Stefan Amidon to power the bulk of the percussion and his presence remains most amplified as the band seamlessly translated the spirit of their must see live show into a studio recording.  Rolling Stone Country premiered the first music from Chains Are Broken with the song “Paint My Face” today.  They state, "'Paint My Face' reflects the extra rock & roll edge that Amidon, the band's touring drummer, brings to the equation, as the song is a crunchy shuffle with a quivering, cascading electric guitar line."  They continue, "Despite its somewhat sinister tone, 'Paint My Face' is as much a song about rebirth, both spiritual and creative, as it is about death."  Hear it Here.  Chains Are Broken will be available on compact disc, across digital retailers, standard black vinyl, as well as a limited edition cream & navy blue split colored vinyl LP available at Independent Retailers.  Chains Are Broken is available for pre-order now via New West Records

Hear "Paint My Face" Here

For as much as The Devil Makes Three remain rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering folk, Delta blues, whiskey-soaked ragtime, and reckless rock ‘n’ roll, the band nods to the revolutionary unrest of author James Baldwin, the no-holds barred disillusionment of Ernest Hemingway, and Southern Gothic malaise of Flannery O’Connor.  In that respect, Chains Are Broken resembles a dusty leather bound book of short stories from some bygone era.  “I always want our songs to unfold like short stories,” affirms Pete Bernhard.  “You could think of them as chapters of a book.  This was a much more personal album about what it takes to be a writer of any kind - and what you have to do to make your dream possible.  It was really the headspace I was in.  It might have something to do with getting older.  You start reflecting on life and the people around you.  I was doing that in these songs.  That’s what makes the record more personal.  I’m pulling from these things.  Some of it is about drug addiction.  Some of it is about the things you sacrifice.  Some of it is about the detrimental things we do for inspiration.  Nevertheless, they all have some sort of narrative.”