Pistol Annies Are Back With Explosive New ‘Hush Hush’


I’m a big fan of the Pistol Annies, and absolutely adore
their 2011 release ‘Hell On Heels’. So expectations for me (and countless
others) were high when going to listen to their first single from new album ‘Annie
Up’ (which drops May 7th). ‘Hush Hush’ is like nothing I would have
expected, but I love a band that keeps me guessing. At the heart of things it
is 12-bar blues, with punchy overdriven guitar driving the song, and giving the
girls a huge heaping of energy. The drums are also hard-hitting, rough and
unpolished, and remind me of much of Miranda’s solo recordings, as well as a
wealth of blues rock from the 1970s. That doesn’t hinder the twang, however, as
you couldn’t find a more country melody on the airwaves right now, and the solo
is akin to some of Brad Paisley’s.

Lyrically, it is a masterpiece. Telling the honest truth of
so many families across the US and globally, the chorus runs “hush hush don’t
you dare say a word, hush hush don’t you know the truth hurts, hush hush when
push comes to shove, it’s best to keep it hush hush”. That tendency we all know
too well to try and keep quiet all the little embarrassing secrets and the
elephant in the room, to save face in front of company. It reminds me somewhat
of Miranda’s latest single ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ in this respect, particularly
the bridge, “hide your tattoo, put on your Sunday best, pretend you’re not a
mess, be the happy family in the front pew”. I’m sure we can all relate to this
in some way, and when considering this I realized there’s really very few songs
about right now on the truths of life
in this way. In the same way observational comedy finds a common occurrence and
pokes fun at it for our own realization and enjoyment. I think that is one of
country music’s best traits and one that it is sorely neglecting of this moment
in time.

Certain lyrics such as “well cheers to the vodka mama’s been
sneaking, let’s all gather around and pray” are definitely amusing, and very
visual, and pulls back the curtain on the secret mess of the ‘perfect’ suburban
family. The main narrative focuses around a family Christmas gathering with
significantly a brother returning from rehab, and the numerous other demons
that accompany the various members of the family. I like it’s attention to one
storyline yet towards the end incorporating a number of other examples, and
ultimately delivering the message that we should ‘let it all hang out’ so to

Sound advice, and a strong track, that is bound to see the
girls some success. It is not their best work, but it’s witty, intelligent, and
hugely singalong, with a catchy chorus that could easily become an earworm. I
can’t wait to hear more.

‘Annie Up’, the Pistol Annies’ sophomore record, will be
released May 7th.

You can listen to ‘Hush Hush’ here:


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. abnoles1@msn.com'

    LOVE Pistol Annies! Can’t wait for their new CD. I’m ready to Annie Up!

  2. eaistrop@yahoo.com'

    Can’t wait!! Recently, I’ve been occupying myself with Maggie Rose’s new album “Cut To Impress.” I definitely recommend it to fans of Pistol Annnies 🙂 http://smarturl.it/MaggieRose

  3. afd252@nyu.edu'

    So excited for the new Pistol Annies album. Just ordered it on itunes and I can’t wait to hear it. Such a great band!

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