American Portions - Side Orders - out today

The companion EP to our May 2021 album is released today

In my role as 1/6 of the Birmingham-based Country Rock band, Independent Country, I’m delighted to say that we have a new EP out today. Here’s the blurb from the band’s website:

Our latest release hits the shelves today. It’s a 4-track EP of tracks from the American Portions album sessions, and a companion piece to that record.

We kick off with a different, slightly quicker version of REM‘s Shiny Happy People to the one that appeared on the May 2021 album, and then we change gears again for a breakneck race through She Don’t Use Jelly by The Flaming Lips. Next up is a tear-jerker, Death Cab For Cutie‘s I Will Possess Your Heart, before we finish up with an 11-minute (!) ambient country ride through the desert with Queens of the Stone Age‘s Feelgood Hit of the Summer. Buckle up!

The EP is available as a CD and download from our Bandcamp page.

You can also find the EP on all the usual streaming services, such as Spotify.

We hope you like the EP, and the whole bunch of stuff we’ve recorded around American Portions. These sessions have been our favourite ones to date. We moved into our own studio space in November 2019, got locked out of it for several months from March 2020 onwards, and finally got back towards the end of the year. This whole record was made in that building, from initial demos and rehearsals, through to recording the final overdubs. We’re mighty proud of what we done did.

And we’ve got big plans for 2022. There will be a new record in March, and – if all goes the way we’re hoping – another before the end of the year. You can get on board with all that by joining the Independent Country Bandcamp Ranch. £25 a year gets you everything we’ve ever done, everything we will do, 10% of physical products and merch, PLUS an EP every month of the year featuring tracks exclusive to Ranchers. Get stuck in here.

Thanks for all you kind words, gig bookings, purchases, and general support. We appreciate it.

Dr Craig Hamilton
Dr Craig Hamilton

My research interests include popular music, digital humanities and online cultures.