In a previous life, Josh T. Pearson once sang “We sing these songs because we have to/Not because we want to.” He was the frontman of Lift To Experience back then, and he was referring to the band’s divinely appointed role as prophets of the End Times.
Lift To Experience is long gone now, the casualty of demons, drugs, and death, but that sentiment is alive and well on Last Of The Country Gentlemen, Pearson’s solo debut. He’s no longer singing about the Apocalypse, though. Or rather, he’s singing about a different kind of apocalypse, something equally traumatic: the pain, regret, and turmoil of a failed relationship. Pearson’s songs pull no punches as he chronicles all of the ugly, nasty, and shitty things that bring about a relationship’s end, and the no man’s land afterwards. Betrayal, infidelity, guilt, hatred, doubt… Last Of The Country Gentlemen‘s seven songs are full of them.