Today we’re thrilled to bring you the exclusive premiere and the first look at the new video from Missouri based outfit The Hooten Hallers for their appropriately named song, “Back in Business Again.”
The song is the title track from the band’s upcoming studio release, which is set to be out this Friday, September 9th, 2022. You can pre-order the new album here. The bluesy rock anthem get will get your adrenaline pumping as it brings you back to the days when bands used to play in bars surrounded by a stage of chicken wire.
On the song, the band comments:
Back in Business Again is a feel good song about shaking off the dust and finding joy where there previously was none. It’s about getting your groove back. Even though it was written prior to the pandemic, we felt like this song ended up being a bit about our careers to the point where it felt like an appropriate encapsulation of the album as a whole and a great choice for the title track.
The Hooten Hallers are going to be nice until it’s time to not be nice in the video which draws inspiration from the 1989 cult classic Road House starring Patrick Swayze. The band comments on the video by saying:
We had a lot of fun with this lighthearted nod to the classic film Roadhouse starring Patrick Swayze. The star is our friend Joe “The Machete” Macheret (The Tillers, Joe’s Truck Stop) who plays the role of this bulletproof and somewhat oblivious protagonist. He’s after a good time and struts into a wild and seedy bar, narrowly avoiding fights and bottles flying through the air and starts a dance party where everyone joins in. We had a blast filming this and it was really great to get together with a lot of friends to make it happen after a couple years of avoiding big parties.
For the past fifteen years, The Hooten Hallers have been crisscrossing the country as inveterate road warriors, bringing their peculiar vision of Americana–a fiery rock and roll fever dream birthed in Missouri’s fertile musical heartland. They’ve put so many miles into the road that they’ve burned through multiple tour vans and left twisted metal and frayed rubber strewn across the road behind them.
With their aptly named new album, Back In Business Again, the trio roar back on to the international stage with ten incendiary new original songs drawn from their many travels and inspired by the hardships that all touring musicians have faced throughout a seemingly never-ending pandemic.
There’s hope in these new songs, but tinges of madness too, driven by the raw drumming of Andy Rehm, the infernal growl and swirling guitars of John Randall, and the low rolling baritone and bass saxophones of Kellie Everett. The Hooten Hallers have always been musical colliders, smashing together everything from pre-war jazz to Chicago blues with jaunts around New Orleans and garage rock explorations with hints of anti-racist punk and Oi!. It’s Morphine meets ZZ Top along St. Louis’ Mississippi waterfront.
Produced by bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Greensky Bluegrass), Back In Business Again takes a match to The Hooten Hallers’ fuse and explodes the renegade power trio to the edge and back again, one vigorous, swinging, perfectly peculiar song at a time.