TRACK LIFE: Daughn Gibson – “The Sound of the Law”
Welcome to Track Life, a semi-daily column in which Jacob Knight shares what he thinks to be the best in music, both new and old.
Daughn Gibson, the 31-year-old Carlisle, Pennsylvania truck driver, crafted one of the more overlooked albums of 2012 in All Hell, a sample based take on old school outlaw country. Tailoring ghostly, haunting ballads to a horde of sonics dug out of the dustiest of dime store record crates, All Hell captured what it was like to live hard and die young in dead end, small town America. Tracks like “Tiffany Lou” and “Lookin’ Back on ’99” were notable for the way they almost incorporated Burial style dubstep with Southern twang, giving the record a feel all its own.
Now Daughn has turned in his big rig keys and signed to Sub Pop. Me Moan, his debut album with the indie major, is due in record shops this July, and the first single, “The Sound of the Law”, sees Gibson singing against live sounding snare rolls and effects laden guitars. It’s a step up in tempo from anything that was on All Hell, but the songwriter’s knack for slow burn storytelling still seems to be completely intact. Spinning a yarn about being born right next to the blacktop he’d later call his “office”, the cut charts Daughn’s quick transformation from a boy to an utter monster of a man. The change in time is welcome, as it finds Gibson steeping out of the dimly lit bars and into the light, still probably a bit high off of whatever he just snorted to keep him behind the wheel all night. This is burly, masculine music the likes of which indie rock isn’t exactly known for anymore, and that makes it seem just about right for enjoying an afternoon beer.