British folk-rock duo the Rails are premiering their brand-new song "Ball and Chain" exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen to the track, which explores the heavy topic of addiction.

Written about the Rails member James Walbourne's own struggle with drinking, "Ball and Chain" accurately portrays what it's like to want to quit, even when you can't. "Ball and chain, I cannot give it up," Walbourne sings in the song's catchy chorus. "One of these days, I'm going to get out alive."

Comprised of Walbourne and his bandmate and wife, Kami Thompson, the Rails have strong connections to some of Britain's most prominent folk and rock bands. Thompson is the daughter of iconic duo Richard and Linda Thompson, and Walbourne's logged time with bands including the Pretenders and Son Volt. The duo is currently preparing to release their third full-length album, titled Cancel the Sun, produced by Stephen Street, known for his work with the Smiths, Blur and the Cranberries.

The 10-track Cancel the Sun represents a major sonic departure for the Rails yet maintains the band's striking harmonies. "We sing together, and we can't wait 'til the other one joins in," Walbourne says. "That is something that's great and very natural, and we can telepathically do it now, which is a great thing to be able to do with someone. I don't get that from anyone else."

Cancel the Sun is set for release on Aug. 16 via Thirty Tigers, and the Rails are out on tour with Rufus Wainwright this summer. Fans can find more info on both the record and their tour dates at

Listen to the Rails' "Ball and Chain"

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