The Jayhawks have today released “Bitter Pill,” the latest song from the band’s forthcoming record, XOXO, out July 10th.
Written by Gary Louris, Tim O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg, “Bitter Pill” is a harmony-rich, infectious new track that illustrates the never-ending search for happiness.
Listen to “Bitter Pill” below…
“This is a rare example of me writing a story song,” Louris explains. “I tend towards stream of consciousness writing, but ‘Bitter Pill’ is a linear lyric that explores the tendency for some of always searching for the next fix of happiness, the missing piece…never being happy with what one has. It is really a continuation on the theme of my song ‘Lovers Of The Sun’ from our Paging Mr. Proust album. It is a theme that hits close to home for me. And the song really blossomed when my old pal and forever Jayhawk Stephen McCarthy played such beautiful and blistering B-Bender guitar on it.”
After 30 years together, The Jayhawks have delivered their most diverse and wide-ranging set of songs to date. XOXO marks a new era for the band, with all four members contributing to lead vocals and songwriting for the first time.
Carrying on their success since returning to the core members from the late-90’s lineup, The Jayhawks released Paging Mr. Proust in 2016 and Back Roads and Abandoned Motels in 2018. The culmination of five years spent growing even more together, XOXO is a sonically and emotionally cohesive album that stands as a testament to the band’s consistent forward motion.