Because Songs Matter


One of the greatest musical regrets I have is ignoring Drag the River for as long as I did. As I mentioned here one time, per their name I assumed they were just a metal band and ignored them for quite some time. Fortunately, I came around in time to see them as a full band once before they “broke up”. Since then I’ve managed to catch Jon and Chad as a duo 3 times and have became a card-carrying member of the Drag The River fan club. Last month we saw what is technically their second posthumous album with this collection of 7″ tracks and B-sides in Bad At Breaking Up.

Bad At Breaking Up features all of the topical points one would expect from a Drag The River record; whiskey, women, broken hearts and barstool anthems. Sonically, the album seems more sparse and calm than most Drag albums, yet the songs do accurately represent the sound and feel of a modern Drag show.

I would not recommend Bad At breaking Up as an entry point to the DTR catalog, but it’s pretty much a must have for any fan of the band. And if you’re reading this and wondering if you should look into Drag The River, then let me answer that for you; Yes. Absolutely.

Drag The River - Having A Party     

Drag The River - Jeff Black Song     

Drag The River - Trainwreck     

Drag The River’s Official Site, Drag The River on myspace, Buy Bad At Breaking Up


  1. calico calico
    March 26, 2009    

    what would you recommend as an entry point to the DTR catalog? better late than never, but still, wish i heard these guys sooner. awesome.

  2. March 26, 2009    

    That’s a loaded question with as many different answers as there are people answering but I’d say you should start with Closed and It’s Crazy.

  3. calico calico
    March 26, 2009    

    thanks….going to check them out at maxwell’s in hoboken…

  4. TheOtherBrit TheOtherBrit
    March 26, 2009    

    I got hooked on Closed and Hey Buddies. One listen and that was it.

  5. March 26, 2009    

    I started with Hobo’s and never looked back. Like the Old 97’s or Lucero (and lately Two Cow) Drag seems to be one of those bands that has a catalog that sounds best chronologically to me.

    Failing that I always suggest “Hey Buddies” since it is short and encompasses all things Drag to me.

  6. March 26, 2009    

    Thanks for all the Drag the River love. Drag the River and Suburban Home love Nine Bullets.

    To answer the question about good starting points, I think all of their records are worth visiting. But Closed and You CAn’t Live This Way are two faves, but It’s Crazy and Hobo’s Demos are up there, too. Then again so are chicken demos and hey buddies. I celebrate their entire catalog.

  7. Nick Nick
    March 27, 2009    

    They’re all great. Suburban Home has great 5 for $25 or 10 for $50 deals so you can order them all 😀

    If I had to pick one to start with it’d be It’s Crazy with Closed right behind it.

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