Love and Theft is getting serious – at least in song. On the duo’s new single “Whiskey on My Breath,” fans may be surprised to hear a melancholy sound from a pair known more for country pop hooks and harmonies.
“Hopefully it will turn a few heads,” Eric Gunderson, 29, tells PEOPLE of the new music. The song, available on iTunes beginning Monday, “has a throwback feel that a lot of people will appreciate,” he adds.
As the leadoff single from the duo’s upcoming third album of the same name (due out Feb. 10), the song is a taste of what’s to come, says bandmate Stephen Barker Liles. “It shows a different side of us and paves the way for what our new album is going to be like,” shares the singer, 30, who co-wrote the tune with five songwriting friends.
With lyrics like “I ain’t afraid of dyin’/But what scares me to death/Is meeting Jesus with whiskey on my breath,” Liles says, “It’s a song with depth that touches below the surface. It’s like the songs that made me fall in love with country music.”
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