Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes link arms with Jamie T on new single ‘The Drugs’.
The collaboration links two pivotal names who came up around the same time, with Jamie T lending his vocals to the Rattlesnakes’ biblical punk roar. The title is a little misleading – ‘The Drugs’ is an ode to sobriety, and works in defiance of the hedonism that soaks through so much youth culture.
Out now, the blistering guitar thrash is shot through with wicked melodies, the shout-along chorus asking fans to reject drugs. Frank Carter explains that ‘The Drugs’ emerged from lengthy conversations with friends, discussing the damage that addiction can bring.
“‘The Drugs’ was written after a few long conversations with some beautiful friends of mine who had been struggling with addiction. Life is a difficult journey, it’s easier with good friends around. Jamie and I had been talking about making music for years and when he asked me to sing on his tune ‘British Hell’ I jumped at the chance. When I asked him to sing on ‘The Drugs’ he returned the favour in perfect style.”
“Around 2007, when I met Jamie, was a wild time to be a young punk navigating the music industry. One of the things I learned very early was friends were hard to find, but when you found them you had to hold on tight. Jamie has been my friend since we bumped into each other backstage at a gig in Austin, Texas. Gallows had just finished playing a set, I had been punched in the face and he walked in and I just smiled a bloody smile and we’ve been friends ever since.”
The single comes off the back of the Summer Of Snakes tour, which saw the band return to Europe for a string of huge festival slots. Jamie T meanwhile returned with his album ‘The Theory Of Whatever’ and played some sweaty, celebratory shows.
Discussing the new single, the Wimbledon bard comments: “Two sides of the same coin, Frank and I…”
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