We are excited to announce a Drag the River collection entitled â€œPrimerâ€. Why?, you might be asking are we releasing â€œPrimerâ€. As reported a month ago, Drag the River are doing a European tour in December with Chris Wollard and the Ship Thieves. We really liked the idea of them having a new album to help promote the tour with and had interest in Viva Hate Records who wanted to license a Drag the River album. Having a European label promoting the album and the tour just made a lot of sense and since this will be available overseas, we didnâ€™t want U.S. fans to have to buy the album at import prices. We decided to make a one time pressing of 1,000 copies for those of you in the United States who would like to have this album. After we sell through of the pressing, this album will no longer be available. We are considering packaging the CD with a shot glass and coozie.
Jon titled the collection â€œPrimerâ€ as he liked the double meaning the word possessed. A Primer [prim-er] is a small introductory book on a subject and a Primer [prahy-mer] is typically used as a first coat of paint and is usually gray in color. The â€œPrimerâ€ album will serve to give a great understanding into Drag the River for those new to the band and the artwork (above) is gray scale in color and I guess again could serve as that first coat of paint for those not familiar with the band.
However you pronounce the name of the album, know that the album is fantastic from start to finish. Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price selected songs from all of their albums to round out the 20 song collection. This is no easy task as Drag the River have so many incredible songs. Take a look at the track listing and let me know what you think is missing. I personally would have loved to have seen a few songs not on the list, but after listening to the album, I think they did a fantastic job at selecting songs. Rounding out the collection is the Thin Lizzy cover, â€œDancinâ€™ in the Moonlightâ€ which was recorded live at our friends Brian and Livâ€™s wedding by Mr James Freeman, it sounds so good. We will be posting the pre-order next week and expect to have copies by early November.