Here's a live performance video of tune on the up coming Split 7" out May 19th on Song, by Toad Records (UK)
We’ve been sitting on this one for a while and we’re thrilled to finally share it with you. UK label - Song, By Toad Records is releasing our split 7” with DIY pioneer and legend in his own right, Viking Moses. Both sides of the record feature the vocal stylings of Ceylan Hay of Bell Lungs.
We recorded this while on tour in the UK at The Happiness Hotel in Edinburgh. I was fighting some unprecedented flu symptoms and I was days away from losing my voice completely. Matthew (Song, by Toad Founder) created an environment that pulled out a performance that was worth capturing and I'm really proud of it. It's by-far the rawest material I've released to date.
New Tune / Stripped Down
This song found it's legs about mid tour in Glasgow, Scotland. Until then, it had been living in an obsure corner of an external harddrive. We had a show at the Glad Cafe and I figured out the chords back stage a few minutes before my set. About three songs into my set I just went for it. This is pretty much what came out that night and it became one of my favorite songs to play for the rest of the tour.
This song now exists in a more fleshed out form and it will likely be a single on the next release. I wanted to first however give this version some time to be heard without comparison.
I hope you enjoy.
On tour with Bell Lungs(UK)
9.2 / NORTH ADAMS, MA - Freeman's Grove Benevolent Society
9.3 / PLATTSBURGH, NY - The ROTA Studio and Gallery
9.5 / ROCHESTER, NY - Vinyard Community Space
9.6 / BUFFALO, NY - Silo City
9.7 / YOUNGSTOWN, OH -Historian Recording Co.
9.8 / PITTSBURGH, PA - Hambone's
9.9 / BALTIMORE, MD - Tushetowne
9.10 / HARRISBURG, PA - The MakeSpace
What you feel in a Vic Chesnutt song is rare, few people have what he had. To cover one of his songs is to inhabit something painful but come out feeling cleansed. I hope you enjoy this and that you'll check out the vast body of work he left us.