Not only is Dave Smalley busy this year with his new band Don’t Sleep (who regularly perform songs from Smalley’s Dag Nasty days and sound a lot like that era of Smalley’s career), he’s also releasing a new album with Down By Law, their first since 2013’s Revolution Time. The new LP is called All In and it comes out on August 3 via Cleopatra Records (pre-order).
We’re premiering lead single “Rebrand It,” and here’s what Smalley tells us about it: “One of the things that I’ve always loved about DBL is that we absolutely respect our musical roots, yet still sound like ourselves. ‘Rebrand It’ is all about that – never forget the past, but also forge the future. Even has a loving tribute to the Bad Brains. One of my favorite thematic songs Sam and I have ever written.” Longtime guitarist Sam Williams adds, “I think this song is the most traditional DBL sounding song on the album. It purposely displays a few of our most obvious influences that’ve been heard from the first album, on.” “Rebrand It” does indeed sound like classic Down By Law, which is not a bad thing at all. It’s a ripper, and Smalley has all the energy and attitude he had in his youth. Check it out below.
3. Rebrand It
6. End Of Rhyme
8. Then & Tomorrow
12. Dear Fate