After sharing their new record The New OK on Oct. 2, Drive-By Truckers have a shared a new video for the album’s title track. The footage was shot in Portland, Ore. during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.
“To call these past few months trying would be a dramatic understatement,” said Patterson Hood via press release. “Our lives are intertwined with our work in ways that give us our best songs and performances. It is a life that has often rewarded us beyond our wildest dreams. Speaking for myself, I don’t have hobbies, I have this thing I do.”
“To be sidelined with a brand new album and have to sit idly while so much that I love and hold dear falls apart before my very eyes has been intense, heartbreaking, anger provoking and very depressing,” he continues. “It has gone to the very heart of our livelihoods and threatened near everything that we have spent our lives trying to build. Here’s to the hope that we can make 2021 a better year than this one has been. In the meantime, here’s to THE NEW OK!”
Along with the video, Drive-By Truckers and Hood himself shared notes about the song and about protesting in general. Watch the new video and read the statements below:
“Protesting is an American right, protected by the constitution.
We fully support the right to peaceful protest.
We are steadfastly opposed to white supremacy and bigotry.
We do not condone violence from anyone.
Make your voice heard.
Get out and vote.”
“I wrote this song after attending a peaceful protest
on July 25th in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.
As I walked home, I couldn’t help but notice the people who were walking in the other direction. They seemed to have a very different intent
than the people I had been marching with all evening.
I could hear the sounds of teargas canisters being launched against the protesters and a very different scene starting to take place…
All this footage was shot in the summer of 2020 in Portland, Oregon…