If you got into Atlanta rock outfit O’brother via their fantastic debut LP Garden Window or their subsequent decision to tour their asses off in support of it, you’re probably anticipating the hell out of their sophomore full-length Disillusion, which is coming later next month. The band released another new track off of that record via The Onion’s A.V. Club this afternoon, and boy, is it a throwback-soaked doozy.
For anyone who grew up in the realm of ’90s hard-rock a la Alice in Chains, such as myself, “Perilous Love” is such to suck you in and never let go. Ripe with grimy, buzzing guitars and a punching rhythmic underbelly, the track spans a murky four minutes of headbanging goodness without sacrificing Tanner Merritt’s powerful vocals in the process. Perhaps lacking in the dynamics department, the track makes up for that by just being pretty damn catchy in the face of being a somewhat droning juggernaut. I would be willing to say that for anyone already into these guys, the track should be a solid assurance that the band hasn’t lost their energy in crafting a second full-length. For new listeners though, “Perilous Love” keeps a bit of the core O’Brother sound while moving them in a direction that should open up the band to a new wave of listeners by drawing on their heavier influences in a big way.
While not a make-or-break track for the band, it gives us even more of a reason to hear the song in the full scope of Disillusion, which is available August 20th via Triple Crown Records.