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Cracker: Cynical, Intoxicating Americana

Once described as "the only band to ever open for both The Grateful Dead and The Ramones", Cracker blends country, punk, psychedelia, folk and traditional roots-rock to create a version of Americana that's as intoxicating as it is original. Fronted by Dave Lowery, whose wry lyrics helped propel his former band Camper Van Beethoven to the forefront of the '80s indie-rock scene, Cracker has been mixing warped pop hooks and classic Americana throughout its 15 years together.

On Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, Lowery's observations remain as sharp and biting as ever. Ferocious in its cynicism — "I'm not paranoid, there is no conspiracy / But I swear Big Brother's watching me / Turn on, tune in, drop out, give up with me" — the album finds Lowery performing against unusually muscular instrumentation. In this interview, Lowery describes the experience of writing the new album together with the other members of his band. He also talks about the evolution of Cracker from its beginnings as a "hippie band."

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