Eric Church fans have been waiting for new music for awhile now. Last week, we were given a teaser video announcing October 22nd as a date that something was going to happen. Well, at 12:01am
Tuesday morning new music arrived in the form of “The Outsiders.”
One of the things that has always drawn me to Eric’s music is that he is a true individual, someone who beats to his own drummer. This song certainly cements that those qualities have not changed.
Surely we didn’t expect him to stick to a formula? We had to know that whatever he was going to put out next would be different & unique. And man did he deliver. “The Outsiders” is pure arena rock. It starts out with a spoken word (semi-rap) introduction and gets grittier & loud from there on in.
“They’re the in crowd with the other ones/ It’s a different kind of cloth that we’re cut from/ We let our colors show where the numbers ain’t/ Where there paint where there ain’t supposed to be paint,”
Eric has said with Chief that he has finally found a place to “hang his hat,” that being country music. Well, “The Outsiders” seems to proclaim that even though he has been accepted he will not follow the crowd. He will still maintain who he is& make the type of music he wants to make. This is me, theses are my fans and “you’re gonna know who we are.” The lyrics are not particularly impressive, but the message of the song is
widely relatable to anyone who sees themselves as or is viewed as an outsider, someone who finds it difficult to fit in. The song is a rock and roll anthem that could most definitely be a crossover hit.
The entire song will undoubtedly go over amazingly well live, especially the “whoa oh oh oh ohs.” His band is an extremely talented group & always deliver. They will certainly have the chance to shine on this song, especially on the last 45seconds which is straight up rock/metal guitar heaven.
Honestly (and I consider myself a pretty big EC fan), the song took me a few listens before I could truly appreciate it. It makes me awfully curious about the new record.
“The Outsiders” is available now.