Cindy Watts, The Tennessean
The Band Perry is gearing up to release their sophomore album "Pioneer" on April 2 and the collection will hit stores with the sibling trio's latest platinum-selling multi-week No. 1 "You Better Dig Two" as an anchor.
The Band Perry, along with the song's writers Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen, marked the song's success with a party at Hard Rock Café Tuesday evening.
The celebration was much-needed reassurance for the trio who were initially concerned the song wouldn't be embraced by their fans or the genre.
"We debuted 'Better Dig Two' the night of the CMA Awards and that was a nerve racking day," recalls Kimberly Perry. "We were sweating bullets just hoping that not only our fans but the country music world would get what we wanted to do next. 'Better Dig Two' has been a huge boost of confidence."
With its eerie, charged music and dark obsessive lyrics that include, "So if the ties that bind ever do come loose/ Tie 'em in a knot like a hangman's noose," the writers say they were "floored" when The Band Perry recorded the song. Instead they thought Miranda Lambert or Carrie Underwood might be the first to scoop it up. But, Clark, McAnally and Rosen are not complaining.
"It's not a huge departure (for them)," says McAnally. "You believe them. It fits the evolution of what they're doing. I'm just glad they'd take a chance on a song like that."
Kimberly Perry describes "Better Dig Two" as having "the most teeth of anything we've put out yet" and says it's "the ultimate love song but written over a very aggressive bed of music."
Neil Perry says the song is "a good example of what people will hear on the new album. The music is aggressive but the lyrics are vulnerable. You'll see those two sides on 'Pioneer.'"