Stream: The Americans, ‘Stand True’

The Americans (Photo by Sari Thayer)

Until this week, the Americans hadn’t released new music since their 2017 debut album, “I’ll Be Yours.” That changed when the Los Angeles-based roots-rockers returned with a new single called “Stand True,” a country-rock bruiser that shows the trio — singer-guitarist Patrick Ferris, bassist Jake Faulkner and guitarist Zac Sokolow — locking into a soulful, self-assured groove.

“I’ll stand true by you,” Ferris croons in the track. “That’s what you want me to do / stand true by you / that’s what you’d have me do.” The song opens with a twangy, folk-leaning setup, but eventually switches gears to something more trenchant. Finally, a wailing guitar crescendo brings the tune into blues-rock revival territory, calling to mind the Black Keys or Brittany Howard.

“Stand True” is the title track and opening number of the Americans’ sophomore full-length, due May 6 via Loose Music. The band recorded the self-produced album at Big Bad Sound. Now they’re getting ready to head to Austin, where they’ll perform at SXSW later this month.

||| Stream: “Stand True”

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