Filthy Friends – “Last Chance County”

Back in 2016, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck revealed their new project Filthy Friends, a band they started alongside Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch. They released their debut album, Invitation, the following year, and today they’re announcing a new album, Emerald Valley, which sees the group adding drummer Linda Pitmon to their ranks. They’re kicking off the album cycle with the fiery “Last Chance County,” in which Tucker rails against the boredom imposed by capitalism.

In a press release, Tucker described the impetus of the album’s title track and thematic statement following a demo that Buck sent her: “I had this long poem growing in my brain. It turned into a sort of manifesto about the kind of place we are at as a country but also as a region. Just taking stock of where we’re at and feeling like I can’t believe we let things get this bad.”

Listen to “Last Chance County” below.

01 “Emerald Valley”
02 “Pipeline”
03 “November Man”
04 “Only Lovers Are Broken”
05 “Angels”
06 “The Elliott”
07 “One Flew East”
08 “Break Me”
09 “Last Chance County”
10 “Hey Lacey”

05/09 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
05/10 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre *
05/11 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
05/13 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall *
05/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
05/17 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
05/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/20 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
05/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
05/23 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
05/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* w/ the Eyelids

Emerald Valley is out 5/3 via Kill Rock Stars. Pre-order it here.