Hellbound Glory’s Sh%t Kicking Country Is Back On New Album Pinball, Produced By Shooter Jennings
First Album In Six Years Out October 13th On Jennings’ Black Country Rock Label
“Hellbound Glory makes its return this fall, firing twin barrels of swampy country-blues and roots-rock hedonism”
- Rolling Stone Country
Hear “Sun Valley Blues #3 (Bloodweiser)” Here
August 17, 2017 – Hellbound Glory are one of the most revered names in underground country, and they will return with new album Pinball on October 13th. Produced by Shooter Jennings, the album is the band’s first in six years, and will be released on Jennings’ Black Country Rock label. Distilled of equal parts melody and bar-room-thump – “think of them as evoking the energy of the wildest party Waylon, Willie and Bocephus ever had” (L.A. Weekly) - the Reno, NV-based band is the brainchild of Leroy Virgil. They’re not afraid to spew some gleeful nihilism on songs like "Vandalism Spree", "Sun Valley Blues #3 (Bloodweiser)" and the title track, but it’s not all hard drugs, hard living and recklessness. Virgil is also able to drop an emotional gut-punch by looking at the other side of a wild life on songs like "Empty Bottles," “Delta Dawn” and "Another Bender Might Break Me."
Virgil originally hails from Aberdeen, WA, but the seeds of Hellbound Glory were sown when he relocated to Reno. The singer immersed himself in the nightlife of the Biggest Little City In The World. The environment had an immediate impact on what would become Hellbound Glory’s material. Virgil explains Reno’s influence; “I grew up in a hick-town by a lot of people's standards. Reno is just a hick-town with taller buildings and brighter lights. Playing Reno is like playing a 24-hour dive bar. No matter where I play, I’m never too far from home.”
As Jennings’ told Rolling Stone, “I've been a fan of Hellbound Glory from the minute I heard 'em. They're about the most shit kicking band with Bukowski-worthy lyrics Country Music has ever seen.”
Virgil’s songwriting consistently tests the boundaries of conventional country music’s lyrical playing field. When asked to describe the band’s signature sound, Virgil proclaims, “Country music was a big influence on the rock music I wrote when I was younger and still in Aberdeen. That same rock music echoes a bit in my country western music today. We’re really not afraid to piss off any of the genre purists on either side. We’re just out there being ourselves.” Hellbound Glory songs resound with equal parts wit and humor, an unabbreviated and honest statement of the world we live in today.
Watch Jennings’ get abducted by a Hellbound Glory associate in a funny, Bob Wayne-directed promo video here.
Pinball was tracked at Station House Studios in Echo Park, CA during January 2017. Pre-order Pinball here.
For more information on Hellbound Glory, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.