Multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook will issue his new solo album People Are My Drug on June 1 via Psychic Hotline/Thirty Tigers. The album’s latest single “Another Mother’s Son” has been made available in advance of the record’s release.
The nine songs on People Are My Drug were recorded over 10 days in Cook’s native Wisconsin and in North Carolina where he currently resides. The follow-up to Phil Cook’s 2015 debut solo album Southland Mission was produced by his brother and Megafaun band mate Brad Cook. The record features Phil’s regular supporting band The Guitarheels, which is made up of drummer JT Bates, bassist Michael Libramento and keyboardist James Wallace.
Phil co-wrote “Another Mother’s Son” with Durham, North Carolina-based hip-hop artist and slam poetry-champion Kane Smego. Phil shared a statement regarding the self-described “modern-day civil rights song about police shootings, and a plea for community in a world full of disconnect,” it reads in part:
We live in a society that is both connected and increasingly apathetic toward the human experience. As a parent, I know that having fears and worries for my children is universal to the role. However, to be the parent of a black child in America is to send your kid out the door each day with a target on their body. This is a worry that my family will never know. We exist in the same communities, but the systematic injustice of our country has divided us into two different worlds. Empathy begins when we share in the fight for protecting black children from the disproportionate violence that they face in their everyday experience.
Head here to read the full statement and lyrics, and stream “Another Mother’s Son” below:
People Are My Drug Tracklist
- Steampowered Blues
- Tide of Life
- Miles Away
- Another Mother’s Son
- He Gives Us All His Love
- Now That I Know
- Tupelo Child
- Deeper Kind