Oklahoma-Texas red dirt rockers The Departed have released the black-and-white music video for “Worth the Fight,” the raucous first single from their upcoming sophomore album “Adventūs.”
“Adventūs,” which is also the band’s first album of original material, is due out next Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The band consists of former Cross Canadian Ragweed singer/guitarist Cody Canada and bassist Jeremy Plato, who formed The Departed with Texas guitarist Seth James, Tulsa keyboardist Steve Littleton and Yukon drummer David Bowen when Ragweed split up in 2010. Drummer Chris Doege has since replaced Bowen, who retired for medical reasons, in the lineup.
In June 2011, The Departed released their debut album, “This Is Indian Land,” an 18-track salute to the Sooner State songwriters, from Leon Russell and J.J. Cale to the Red Dirt Rangers and Tom Skinner.
In an interview this summer, Canada said he and his bandmates had plenty of material to make “Adventūs”:
“Really, for the last two years we’ve just been writing a lot. Once we got to the studio to start this thing … I don’t know if Seth did or not, but I didn’t realize that we had so many songs. I hadn’t really assessed how many we had written in the last two years; I knew we had a bunch of ideas. Then once we got in there and started recording stuff, it hit 12 songs and it was like ‘OK, cool,’ and then it hit 15 and it was like ‘Oh, wow.’ And you get to like 18 tunes, and it’s like ‘OK, we’re way, way, way ahead of the game.’ So this is a good place to be.”
He album was recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Austin, Texas.
“I think the people that are ready to accept it will love it, and I think the people that haven’t got over other things, man, that’s completely up to them,” Canada said. “If they have faith in the music that was made before, then they’ll have faith now, they’ll dig it now.”