Premiere: The Rails Erupt with Folk Rock Urgency in “Late Surrender”

The Rails © Jill Furmanovsky
The Rails’ new single “Late Surrender” is a burst of hope and resilience full of intense passion and folk-rock charm.

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We’d definitely be exaggerating to say this is anything like Dylan goes electric, but there’s an undeniably refreshing energy about The Rails’ new music that we can’t help but revel in. “Late Surrender” is a burst of hope and resilience full of intense passion and folk-rock charm.

So this is it,
I suppose you’re right

Staring down the barrel of a shotgun
One final chorus to play us out…
Listen: “Late Surrender” – The Rails

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Late Surrender,” the lead single off The Rails’ forthcoming sophomore album Other People (out June 29, 2018 via Thirty Tigers in the US). The married British duo of Kami Thompson and James Walbourne deliver what they’ve described as “folk-rock on steroids” in their second record, attacking their songs with an amped-up energy full of classic rock warmth.

Other People - The Rails

Other People – The Rails

With rollicking electric guitars and a heavy, explosive chorus, “Late Surrender” exemplifies the band’s current headspace: They’ve transformed the more traditional-sounding folk of their 2014 debut into an onslaught of infectious and ever-present energy, all the while maintaining those charismatic vocal harmonies and impassioned lyrics that brought them together in the first place.

The game is over,
The story’s been told
You can lay down your arms
and run, mister

Nothing left of the world we know
I’ve got to know, is it time to go?

“‘Late Surrender’ is a song about last chances and not giving up,” the band tells Atwood Magazine. “Probably written with a hangover and the need to make things right again. Sounds a bit like if Roy Orbison, Fleetwood Mac, and The Shadows had a bit too much to drink and shagged. Then regretted it.”

The Rails’ lyrics can dwell in the deep, the emotional, and the philosophical, so to hear them reflect on their own music with cheeky enthusiasm is curiously revitalizing. Make no mistake: They take themselves very seriously – but they’re having fun, and they’re bringing us along for the ride. James Walbourne has been lead guitarist for the likes of The Pretenders, Edwyn Collins, and Ray Davies; in The Rails, he and Kami Thompson shine on their own, delivering a marvelous blend of intimate singing and dynamic instrumentals that make for an absolutely enthralling experience.

Dive into that thirst for life and stream “Late Surrender” exclusively on Atwood Magazine. The Rails’ sophomore album Other People is out June 29, 2018 via Thirty Tigers!

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Other People - The Rails

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:: The Rails Tour Dates ::

+ Rails headlining // * supporting The Pretenders
Mon 2 July Nashville TN – Ryman Auditorium *
Tue 3 July Louisville KY – Palace Theatre *
Thu 5 July Covington KY – Octave +
Fri 6 July Cincinatti OH – Taft Theatre *
Sat 7 July Northfield OH – Hard Rock Live *
Sun 8 July Indianapolis IN – Murat Theatre *
Tue 10 July Milwaukee WI – Riverside Theater *
Wed 11 July Grand Rapids MI – 20 Monroe Live *
Mon 16 July Minneapolis MN – The State Theater *
Wed 18 July St Louis MO – Peabody Opera House *
Thu 19 July Des Moines IA – Stephens Auditorium *
Mon 23 July Los Angeles CA – Moroccan Lounge +
Wed 25 July New York NY – Mercury Lounge +
tix & more info @ therailsofficial.com

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com