After scoring a quick Number One with their debut single “Smoke,” A Thousand Horses have released the follow-up. Titled “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial,” the song is another mid-tempo jam, with singer Michael Hobby lamenting a relationship gone south and asking for that proverbial second chance. For the video, the country-rock group set up shop in a historic temple in Nashville, just up the hill from the honky-tonks and bars of Lower Broadway.
“It’s the Mason Lodge on Seventh and Broadway,” guitarist Zach Brown tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s an old weird building.”
As such, it’s the perfect setting for the equally weird “Drunk Dial” video, directed by Peter Zavadil. Shrouded in shadows — yet still wearing their sunglasses — the band members enter what appears to be a judicial chamber to defend themselves against an increasingly angry committee. Watching Hobby, Brown, guitarist Bill Satcher and bassist Graham Deloach sing into the microphones placed in front of them on the table only ups the surreal factor.
The Horses admit they’re not used to performing while seated. While opening for Gregg Allman during his theater solo tour in the early years of the band, they toyed with the idea of using stools onstage for their acoustic set, but quickly realized it wasn’t the right move.
“We were going to sit on stools, and we thought, ‘We never sit down, why are we going to start right now?'” recalls Brown.
“So we all just stood up in a line,” says Deloach.
Currently on tour with Darius Rucker, A Thousand Horses are admittedly more mobile these days. Their show, complete with three female backing vocalists, is of the highest energy.
“The stuff that lasts to me is the stuff that’s real, no matter what it is,” says Brown of why audiences have been responding. “People can tell when something is real or contrived, and we’re just doing our thing. It’s cool that people are recognizing that.”
After releasing their debut album Southernality today, the Horses will perform on tomorrow night’s CMT Music Awards. They’ll also play a series of shows during CMA Music Festival this week in Nashville, and a Sunday set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.