There’s something of a country boy inside of every hard rocker, and Johnny Nocash and The Celtic Outlaws are speaking right to ’em. The quartet hail from Canada, but they sound like they could call anywhere from Nashville to Glasgow home; with their brand of Irish-tinged country-rock, the band bridge that gap between Hank Williams, the Pogues, and Corrosion of Conformity, with steely guitars and stomping rhythms backing bellowed vocals and chanted choruses. The result is something deeply comforting, a reminder that for all of the sticky venue dressing rooms and overpass traffic snarls that come with being a band, rock music first found its footing on a porch with a banjo.
The bands video for their new single “Burned Alive” gets right at the heart of this vibe. The footage shows the band crashing their own metal bonfire, much to the bewilderment — and eventual drunken glee — of their black-clad selves. Behind it, the track is a jangling, rebellious anthem to bad behavior and doing your best to laugh through the pain — something fans of any music know about. It’s a good time, which can feel rare in these convoluted days, and acts as a campfire unto itself, urging fans of modern rock’s many warring factions to come on over, siddown, and have a drink.
“Our new single ‘Burned Alive’ is a combination of the time we’ve spent on the road mixed with all of us coming together as a unit, a brotherhood if you will, to create something that moves people. We feel that this will not only be received well from our fans now but will pull outside audiences in for a closer listen to what we have to say.”
Check out our exclusive premiere of Johnny Nocash and the Celtic Outlaws’ “Burned Alice” video below:
“Burned Alive” is available now on all streaming platforms.
Words by Chris Krovatin