Anderson East Shares New Single ‘Drugs’

By Scott Bernstein May 20, 2021 12:33 pm PDT

Singer-songwriter Anderson East continues to preview his upcoming Maybe We Never Die album with the release “Drugs,” the LP’s second single, as well as an accompanying video. Maybe We Never Die drops on August 20 through Elektra/Low Country Sound.

The 12-track album finds East collaborating with producer Dave Cobb and longtime bandleader Philip Towns, who also served as co-producer. Cobb previously produced Anderson’s 2018 LP, Encore. “I wanted to create something unique with this record,” Anderson East explained. “A piece of music, that as a whole, knew where its footing was but yet still attempted to see what was behind the curtains. I’m very proud of what it took to make and its ultimate outcome. I am very grateful to the wonderfully talented humans that lent their gifts to make it what it is.”

Anderson East shared the following regarding his new single:

I feel like that song, that was the hardest one to get right, because it’s definitely not a glorification of drugs. If anything, it’s a hardened look at yourself inward. Me and my buddy and co-writer Aaron Raitiere were in LA, and we’re cruising around, and you’re just like, what is going on here? Where are all these people going? It’s like everybody’s on drugs in this place…You just start calling a spade a spade about what drugs mean: Well, I’ve had coffee this morning. Some people go to the gym. Some people are going to church. Some people are on Twitter. I wouldn’t call it a protest song, but it’s just like a, ‘Is anybody else seeing what I’m seeing right now?’ It’s our inability to just interface with reality.

East celebrated the new tune by teaming with his full band for a livestream concert on Tuesday. Anderson brings the group on the road this fall and into February 2022.

Watch Anderson East’s “Drugs” video below:

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