The Revival Tour joined Daytrotter at the end of the spring tour in Rock Island, IL to record a session.
“For this day and night at the end of the spring tour, Ragan brought his raggedy band of brothers to Rock Island. He, Cory Branan, Nathaniel Rateliff and auxiliary musicians Joe Ginsberg and Jon Gaunt were joined that day by Tom Gabel of Against Me! (who would just weeks later announce his transformation into Laura Jane Grace). On these recordings (minus Gabel, who rested on the bus as they were happening), which run through the solo work of all, one can hear the camaraderie of five men determined to get to the bottom of just what’s being asked of them in life. They are willing to see their days run out and all blood spilled just to learn that there’s something at the ends of all these roads that might be worth continuing for and not just some rambling chase for the chase’s sake. Ragan sings, “Are we not the ones that manifest our destiny/Are we not the ones that spill blood in the streets/Are we not the ones that eat our young, destroy the land and sea/Then cry for help when all is said and done,” and it’s that thought – of when all is said and done – that he and these other men want to feel good about. It’s important to them that there’s something worthwhile, when the punctuation closes for them.”
Thank you to Daytrotter for having us out! Visit their website to listen to and download the session.