Watch out, coun­try bros

Pis­tol An­nies tackle di­vorce, com­pli­cated women with hu­mour

Winnipeg Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

The Pis­tol An­nies’ sassy new song about re­claim­ing sin­gle­hood called Got My Name Changed Back has raised some eye­brows for its lyrics about a hus­band who cheats while on the road and prompted spec­u­la­tion about who might have in­spired it.

The trio of Mi­randa Lam­bert, An­galeena Pres­ley and Ash­ley Mon­roe won’t say, but Pres­ley notes that there are two di­vorces and two ex-hus­bands be­tween them.

“It was a feel-good di­vorce song that was needed,” Pres­ley said. “You’re wel­come.”

“We can say what­ever we want to­gether a lit­tle more bravely than we ever would alone,” Lam­bert added. “Our whole cat­a­logue has been about cel­e­brat­ing things that weren’t so pos­i­tive and putting them in a hu­mor­ous light.”

The women tackle failed mar­riages, des­per­ate wives, fe­male friend­ships and com­pli­cated women with a lot of wry hu­mour and just the right amount of sad­ness on their first al­bum in five years called In­ter­state Gospel, out now.

They wrote the record to­gether with­out any out­side writ­ers, which has mostly been their pat­tern. “We haven’t writ­ten any songs with other writ­ers,” Lam­bert said, but then the other two cor­rect her, not­ing there was one song on their first al­bum that her ex-hus­band Blake Shel­ton cowrote with them.

“Oh well, he’s gone,” Lam­bert said with a laugh.

It was an­other di­vorce song that prompted them to start writ­ing again af­ter years of each work­ing in­di­vid­u­ally on their solo al­bums.

Lam­bert came up with a verse and cho­rus for the re­gret­ful tune, When I Was His Wife, and sent it to Pres­ley and Mon­roe in a voice note. Soon af­ter they were hang­ing out at Lam­bert’s house churn­ing out songs.

“We don’t do per se writ­ing ses­sions,” Pres­ley said.

“We do slum­ber par­ties with gui­tars,” Lam­bert said.

The break be­tween records has been pro­duc­tive for all three singers. Lam­bert re­leased a crit­i­cally-ac­claimed dou­ble al­bum, The Weight of Th­ese Wings, while Mon­roe and Pres­ley each re­leased two solo al­bums over the past five years.

“It’s like we have so much life to talk about, we have enough for solo projects and as a band,” Lam­bert said.

The song they will ad­mit is about them­selves is Stop Drop and Roll One, a coun­try rocker in which they cel­e­brate their dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties. As the song goes, “One’s got the matches, one’s got the lashes, one’s run­ning her mouth again.”

“If we all dumped our purses out on the ta­ble, it would be Stop Drop and Roll One,” Pres­ley said.

Mas­ter­piece ac­knowl­edges the pub­lic fas­ci­na­tion with the glossy image of a per­fect re­la­tion­ship, even if it’s not real.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you have to go through (as a woman),” said Mon­roe. “This al­bum touches on a lot of that and there’s some hu­mour and twists in there that make it a lit­tle less hard.”

DONN JONES/IN­VI­SION/AP

From left: Ash­ley Mon­roe, An­galeena Pres­ley and Mi­randa Lam­bert pose for a photo at Sony Nash­ville to pro­mote their new­est al­bum, In­ter­state Gospel.

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