It seems to be a very rare thing today in the music industry for a band to have the amount of chemistry as Joy Williams and John Paul White have. Sadly, that chemistry can come at a cost. In 2012, while riding the wave of success from Barton Hollow the band took a hiatus citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” As we all know, some of the best bands will take a hiatus and come back better than ever, (Foo Fighters rings a bell) however, this hiatus seemed more of a break-up, break-up. After months of hoping, this spring the band went to Twitter to announce that they would be back in the late summer with a new album titled The Civil Wars. (Can’t say we didn’t see that one coming.) Needless to say, we here at RPW couldn’t be more excited about the news.
The album speaks for itself as to what may or may not have happen with the band over the course of time that the album was being made. The lead single “The One That Got Away” released a few weeks back, oozes the palpable chemistry Williams and White share as two singers and songwriters…even if they can stand the sight of looking at each other. “I Had Me a Girl,” one of the toughest, more gritty songs the band has ever written, lends itself to probably the strongest track on the album. “Tell Mama” is one of the lighter tracks on the album (if there is such a thing) reminding us of the lighthearted days of Barton Hollow.
If there is a band out there we hope works the bad blood out of its system, its The Civil Wars. However, if blood must be spilled, we hope its in the form of a third album.
The Civil Wars is advanced streaming their sophomore album online for free. Check it out here. The album drops August 6th.