“War Inside Of Me” is the new single from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky-based dark country outfit LOST DOG STREET BAND, and their impending fifth LP, Weight Of A Trigger. As the album nears release through their allies at Anti-Corporate Music this month, an official video for the new song has issued through a premiere at PopMatters.
LOST DOG STREET BAND’s fifth album Weight Of A Trigger is a portal into when Americana was peopled by sensitive outlaws who pleaded for salvation in song; a potent distillation of its outlaw heartache soul. The ten-song collection spans old-time music, Appalachian folk, redemptive country blues, and winsome balladry. Each song is elegantly essential, using teardrop pedal steel guitar, delicate fingerpicked passages, emotive harmony vocals, and stately violin touches as delicate dynamic touches. The members’ influences of Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Doc Watson, Devil Makes Three, Tyler Childers, Hooray for the Riff Raff, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Arlo McKinley, and more shine through the band’s emotional lyrics and infectious hooks.
“War Inside Of Me” is mournfully majestic, it features elegiac violin passages, winsome pedal steel melodies, and boldly vulnerable lyrics. Here, LOST DOG STREET BAND’s founder Benjamin Tod bravely addresses his journey, thus far, revealing, “I wrote that song when I was getting into my recovery. The feeling is like being on top of a fence with the darkness behind you, and what your life could be in front of you. The song explains that process between heaven and hell—truth gets us to heaven, and deceit will get us to hell.”
PopMatters writes with the debut of the “War Inside Of Me” video single, “The song is direct and simple, the kind of thing one could imagine the duo playing at last call in some hazy dive bar. Although in truth, it’s an ultimate last call song, one that speaks to the internal struggles and self-decay that often accompany addiction. Buoyed by memorable, heartfelt fiddle lines and harmonies, the tune speaks to the reasons why LOST DOG STREET BAND has gained a rabid following in its relatively short, happy life.”
Watch LOST DOG STREET BAND’s “War Inside Of Me” video at PopMatters RIGHT HERE.
Anti-Corporate Music will release Weight Of A Trigger on CD, LP, and all digital platforms on March 29th. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp where “Terrible And True” is streaming HERE, and find physical preorders HERE.
LOST DOG STREET BAND has booked an extensive US album release tour in support of Weight Of A Trigger. The tour begins with a four-city run initiating in Lexington, Kentucky on March 28th and running through Lakewood, Ohio on March 31st. Two weeks later, a month-long run kicks off on April 15th in Columbus, Ohio and runs through May 13th in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this time special guest Matt Heckler also performing. The band has several festival dates confirmed throughout the Summer as well, with more tour dates to be announced.
LOST DOG STREET BAND Tour Dates:
3/28/2019 The Burl – Lexington, KY [tickets]
3/29/2019 EXIT/IN – Nashville, TN [tickets]
3/30/2019 The Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY @ Taste Of The Beard [tickets]
3/31/2019 Winchester Music Tavern – Lakewood, OH [tickets]
4/15/2019 Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/16/2019 Buffalo Iron Works – Buffalo, NY w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/18/2019 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/19/2019 Empire Live Music & Events – Portland, ME w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/20/2019 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/23/2019 Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/24/2019 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/25/2019 MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/26/2019 Jammin Java – Vienna, VA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/27/2019 Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/28/2019 Richmond Music Hall – Richmond, VA w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
4/30/2019 The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/01/2019 The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/02/2019 Songbirds – Chattanooga, TN w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/04/2019 Blue Canoe – Tupelo, MS w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/06/2019 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/09/2019 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/10/2019 Antone’s Nightclub – Austin, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/11/2019 Mama Tried Deep Ellum – Dallas, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/12/2019 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
5/13/2019 Mercury Lounge – Tulsa, OK w/ Matt Heckler [tickets]
7/13/2019 Byrds Creek Music Festival – East Crossville, TN [tickets]
7/20/2019 Master Musicians Festival – Somerset, KY [tickets]
9/22/2019 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion – Bristol, VA [tickets]
LOST DOG STREET BAND is the creation of guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter, Benjamin Tod, who declares of the Weight Of A Trigger LP, “I wanted to dig under the darkest impulses of humanity for this album, and that is violence, selfishness, and destruction.”
The dark impulses Tod sings about are simply the demons that have driven him since he was a teen. At the age of sixteen, he left home to play music on the streets. Since then, he’s lived under bridges, slept in jail cells, sought freedom hopping freight trains, battled addiction, and watched many good friends die from the same rambling disease. Some states, he remains a wanted man with active warrants. Though Tod has been aimless, and destructive, he’s always been prolific through exorcising his demons in song. Even if that meant writing songs at 7am in dank and dark basements strung out on drugs and drunk.
His companion in life and music, Ashley Mae, is an accomplished fiddle player and harmony singer. The pair met in the Nashville punk scene when Ben was fifteen, and Ashley was seventeen. They share in a tumultuous love affair that’s defied adventures, and misadventures. The couple formed LOST DOG STREET BAND in the winter of 2010. The duo’s vision was to carry on the tradition of the American troubadour with fine Americana songcraft and starkly real storytelling. Today, Tod and Mae are joined by bassist Jeff Loops of the beloved roots band, Deep Chatham.