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Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are happy to announce the release of “I Love American Music” on iTunes. The song is the lead single from White Teeth, Black Thoughts, the forthcoming full-length album from the Eugene, OR based band. Out July 16th on Space Age Bachelor Pad Records, the album marks CPD’s first jazz and swing-powered outing in more than a decade, and affirms founder and frontman Steve Perry’s standing as a songwriter, bandleader, and bomb thrower of the first order.
“I Love American Music” on iTunes
A deluxe edition of White Teeth, Black Thoughts, which The Onion AV Club says finds the band “singing about modern issues, but against a retro backdrop,” includes a bonus disk of material just as jubilant as the first, and features guest appearances from legendary musicians Buckwheat Zydeco and Zoot Horn Rollo (Captain Beefheart).
Despite scoring a 2x RIAA platinum certified smash with 1999’s cutting “Zoot Suit Riot,” Perry and the Daddies never made another swing record, choosing instead to try their hand at Motown soul, R&B, psychedelia, funk, and country, not to mention Latin, Caribbean, and other world music. “‘Zoot Suit Riot’ allowed us to continue to do our art,” Perry says. “None of this would’ve been possible without it. I didn’t make a record like this new one then because I didn’t want to. A lot of the other bands did and that’s what I didn’t like. It was so orthodox.”
That revolutionary spirit has impelled Cherry Poppin’ Daddies forward for nigh on two decades. After touring hard behind 2009’s Skaboy JFK: The Skankin’ Hits of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the band – including founding members Dan Schmid (bass) and Dana Heitman (trumpet) as well as the full touring compliment – convened at Eugene’s Gung Ho Studios and set to work. The always-prolific Perry had something big in mind, a double album of songs penned as the Great Recession wreaked havoc upon the heartland, held together by swing’s timeless beat.
White Teeth, Black Thoughts dares to apply the form in an effort to scrutinize contemporary culture. Songs such as “Huffin’ Muggles,” an elegantly untamed tribute to Warholian transgression, adeptly carving out more detailed narratives and complex characterizations than usually found in popular music, let alone classic swing and jump blues. “The Babooch” – which bookends the two halves of White Teeth, Black Thoughts – is a Gatsby-esque tale of “the most American character, seduced by luxury but pricked by conscience.”
On the second disc of the deluxe version of White Teeth, Black Thoughts, Perry and the Daddies engage a slew of sonic styles spanning New Orleans swamp rock to hardcore hillbilly boogie. Raucous readings of The Barnyard Playboys’ “Flat Butts and Beer Guts” and “Subway Killer” – originally recorded by Perry’s own mid-’00s glam rock side project, White Hot Odyssey – sees CPD twisting psychobilly into their own skewed image.