The title track, "Holy Roller Novocaine," is also a stretched-out mini-epic powered by jangly guitar, focused on the tale of a pervy minister abusing his power with the women in his church. When asked if this is about their father, all four boys shout, "No!" then laugh.
"It's about a certain preacher," Caleb explains, "and if you listen to the lyrics, I'm sure you could get it. He's the kind of guy who used women and got out of it what he wanted. We're callin' him out a little bit."
"The fact that it's got a Southern edge to it so far has not been misinterpreted as Southern rock," RCA's Ralbovsky says. "There is some element of traditional Southern rock 'n' roll, soul, gospel, but they listen to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the Strokes, the Soledad Brothers, White Stripes. They take a more primitive music as a template, then they bring their gospel and soul elements to that."
They also have a heck of a story to tell. "Novocaine" is more indicative, they say, of the "psycho" material they developed for their full-length, which includes songs about church but also "chicks good and bad, transvestites, murders."