The song is the third unveiled from the band’s anticipated new album, Hunter And The Dog Star, which will be released February 19 via Thirty Tigers (pre-order here). The album features eleven new tracks including “Tripwire” and “My Power,” which debuted this past fall to critical acclaim. Of the song, American Songwriter praises, “Upbeat and empowering at the exact time we need a song to lift our spirits, it is at once vibrantly new while also resounding with the timeless vibe of a classic R&B hit,” while The Dallas Morning News declares, “a funky mid-tempo rocker steeped in ‘70s pop and vintage Lou Reed.”
Hunter And The Dog Star is the band’s fifth studio album and their first since 2018’s A—a record that marked a major return for the group following a twelve-year hiatus and was released to widespread critical acclaim. Of the album, Associated Press declared, “a triumphant return…their joy in recording together again is clear on Rocket, a record that touches on a variety of musical styles with ease,” while NPR’s World Café proclaimed, “explosively joyful” and the Austin American Statesman praised, “a beautiful, inspiring, sensational album.” Since forming in Dallas in the mid-1980s, the band has toured extensively across the country and had their music featured in several hit shows including Miami Vice, Girls, Cold Case, Ugly Betty, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, American Dad! and more.
Since the release of their 1988 debut, the 2x platinum-certified, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, the band has continued to earn their reputation as an unclassifiable, genre-blending force. Returning to Arlyn Studios in Austin, TX to record with producer Kyle Crusham, Brickell and the New Bohemians—Brandon Aly (drums), John Bush (drums, percussion), Brad Houser (bass, synthesizer), Matt Hubbard (background vocals, organ, piano, synthesizer, wurlitzer) and Kenny Withrow (bass, guitars, synthesizer)—once again put forth a collection of diverse musical ideas and styles on Hunter And The Dog Star, as they have continuously done for the past three decades.
Reflecting on the album, Brickell shares, “Hunter And The Dog Star is a collection of songs reflecting the mystery of self-expression, loyalty, companionship and love in the darkest sky just before dawn.”
In addition to Brickell (vocals, guitars), Crusham (background vocals, mellotron, piano, Rhodes, synthesizer) and the New Bohemians, the album also features Burton Lee (pedal steel) as well as background vocals from Kelly Micwee and Alice Spencer.
HUNTER AND THE DOG STAR TRACK LIST
2. Don’t Get In The Bed Dirty
3. I Don’t Know
4. Stubborn Love
5. Rough Beginnings
7. Horse’s Mouth
8. I Found You
11. My Power