Friday, April 25, 2008

Vetiver- album news

San Francisco's Americana rocker's Vetiver, who just recently returned from touring with Gary Louris (Jayhawks) are gearing up for a tour and release of their new album of covers, Thing of The Past . The album drops on May 13th, and has the band tackling covers from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III "The Swimming Song", Hawkwind’s "Hurry On Sundown" and on to Townes Van Zandt’s "Standing" and Biff Rose’s "To Baby". Vetiver's goal was to take some of the more obscure or overlooked tunes from mostly traditional US songwriters. Most of the tracks span from the period 1967–1973.
Singer Andy Cabic explained his thoughts behind the album: "It was a mixture of a few tunes Vetiver had been performing live alongside others which I loved and thought we would do a decent job interpreting. I wanted to share songs which were favorites of mine and my circle of friends and perform them with a reverence and appreciation for their finer qualities, the lyrical and sonic nuances which keep me returning to them time and again for inspiration.... It was an experiment in a lot of ways, and it was one of the best experiences I've yet to have recording anything.”

The group has also recently announced that they have been back in the studio recording the next Vetiver record (of all original songs). The band will be touring the west coast the first half of May, then will be hitting Europe thru the end of June.

photo credit: Alissa Anderson

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