Watch Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes sing about the horror of cocaine abuse on new single The Drugs, featuring Jamie T

Frank Carter and Jamie T
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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have shared a fierce new anti-drugs single, The Drugs, featuring indie singer/songwriter Jamie T. 

Explaining the background to the track, Carter says: “The Drugs was written after a few long conversations with some beautiful friends of mine who had been struggling with addiction. Life is a difficult journey, it’s easier with good friends around. 

"Jamie and I had been talking about making music for years and when he asked me to sing on his tune British Hell I jumped at the chance.  When I asked him to sing on The Drugs he returned the favour in perfect style.”

Carter continues, “Around 2007, when I met Jamie, was a wild time to be a young punk navigating the music industry. One of the things I learned very early was friends were hard to find, but when you found them you had to hold on tight. Jamie has been my friend since we bumped into each other backstage at a gig in Austin, Texas. Gallows had just finished playing a set, I had been punched in the face and he walked in and I just smiled a bloody smile and we’ve been friends ever since."

Written about cocaine abuse, The Drugs features lyrics such as "White arrows for my chest / It’s 10am and I still haven’t slept / If the sun comes up then we're going again / It's the patron saint of the fucking sesh".

Watch the video, set in Carter's tattoo shop, below:

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will embark upon a European tour in support of their current album Sticky on November 2, beginning in Helsinki, Finland.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.