Saints and Sinners is the brand new album.
Beginning with the raucous title track, SAINTS AND SINNERS continues in the spirit of that dual mindset as the Dubs mix free-wheeling party rockers like HOWAYA GIRLS and the vocal harmony-laden jam BACKSEAT DRIVER with anthemic and politically charged tunes like the 80s vibing THIS TIME. While THIS TIME taps into the raw frustration of the past eight years, the band saves its most biting commentary for the U.N.s inaction on giving aid to ravaged places like Darfur and not adequately addressing global poverty on the acoustic ballad IN THE END. The moody rocker BUY YOU A LIFE is a plea for people to look beyond themselves and, as Roberts puts it, “look out for each other during difficult times”.
The hypnotic, mid-tempo pop rocker MY TOWN was written before the recent presidential election, from the perspective of a small towns working men who had previously given up hope for better economic circumstances, but who are now optimistic that their social situation could change.
On the more personal side, I DONT THINK I’LL LOVE ANYMORE, whose second verse is sung by Dead Rock West lead singer Cindy Wasserman, is a gently swaying traditional ballad about the consequences of poor communication in a relationship. These heavier themes are balanced by tongue in cheek tracks like the densely percussive, supercharged ROSIE, about a guy trying to sell his girl on the idea that marriage is overrated (and expensive!!).
The explosive instrumental rocker SAOIRSE, featuring guest artist, blues rock great Kenny Wayne Shepherd, is a clarion call from the Dubs that defines their longtime mission as American and Celtic rock ambassadors. The title means freedom in Gaelic, Roberts says, and to us, that means we have the liberty to take this style of music and push and pull it in every direction. The vibe of the song goes from Irish to rock back to Irish and rock again, with Kenny’s blistering blues on top of it. ”We’ve always defied pigeonholing because our sound is the result of Irish and American guys coming together and drawing from a little of everything.”