“Reboot the Mission” features former Clash member Mick Jones, and borrows the band’s rocksteady vibe, too.
In the song, Dylan even shouts out the Clash’s late frontman Joe Strummer by name while welcoming new Wallflowers drummer Jack Irons (previously of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Strummer’s short-lived band the Latino Rockabilly War).
“Reboot” is the first single from the Wallflowers upcoming new album Glad All Over, which will be out in October. Rolling Stone has the exclusive stream this morning, but it will be available tomorrow as a free download at the band’s official site.
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from the Wallflowers (their last album was 2005’s Rebel, Sweetheart), though the members have been keeping busy. Dylan dropped two droopy-eyed solo albums (2008’s Seeing Things and 2010’s Women and Country), while keyboardist Rami Jaffee did a bunch of session work with Foo Fighters (he appears on their last three albums).
Glad All Over is the group’s sixth album, though they remain best known for their 1996 breakthrough Bringing Down the Horse, an album that spawned hits including “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache.” They never got back to those heights, though their 2000 follow-up album (Breach) has several under-loved moments (including an atmospheric weeper called “Some Flowers Bloom Dead”).
It’s unclear whether or not “Reboot the Mission” is reflective of the entirety of Glad All Over, but hopefully Dylan hasn’t completely abandoned his roots-rock past (especially since the new single has serious whiffs of Ras Trent).
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