Hardcore/metal crossover pioneers D.R.I. (DIRTY ROTTEN IMBECILES) will release a new EP, “But Wait… There’s More!”, on June 10 via Beer City Records.
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Against Me
03. As Seen On TV
04. Mad Man
05. Couch Slouch
You can pre-order the EP at this location.
Check out a teaser for the EP below.
“[It’s] just a handful of songs to test the waters,” vocalist Kurt Brecht told the Phoenix New Times. “We haven’t put out anything new in so long, so we wanted to see how much interest there really is in it.”
Regarding the musical direction of the new D.R.I. material, Brecht said: “It’s more old-school hardcore. It’s straightforward, without the metal guitar sound.”
He added: “I’m more into the hardcore myself, but it’s okay if we keep the metal because we mix it all together.”
Asked why it has taken so long for D.R.I. to record the follow-up to 1995’s “Full Speed Ahead”, Brecht said: “We’d taken a good amount of time off. And when we came back together, we had many offers to play, so we started doing that and have just been busy trying to make a living playing and touring. Bands like us make most of our money touring and selling merchandise at live shows.”
D.R.I.‘s forthcoming EP will include the song “As Seen On TV”, which the band has been performing live. Brecht told BoulevardBrutal.com in a 2014 interview about the inspiration for his new lyrics: “It’s a similar vein of lyrics, I’d say [to my other band PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION] — basically, just talking bad about society and human beings in general, that sort of thing, but never really offer any kind of solution… ’cause I can’t think of one. Advertising, I talk shit about a lot… Mass marketing and stuff, even though I do it, so I’m a total hypocrite. I advertise the band, I sell our products at the shows and all that kind of stuff.”
He continued: “For [the upcoming D.R.I.] EP, some of the lyrics — at least one of the songs — is, I think, one of my best lyrical tunes yet. It’s called ‘As Seen On TV’. I won’t tell you the lyrics right now, but it’s basically about advertising, that sort of thing. I went to school for it, and that’s why I talk about it a lot, ’cause I learned a lot [when I was there].”