Published Apr 23, 2009Punk rock is doing another time warp.
Thanks to the kindness of increasingly popular act Against Me!, Fat Wreck Chords has announced that it will be issuing a demo version of the band's lauded 2003 opus, As The Eternal Cowboy.
Dubbed The Original Cowboy, the effort revisits some of the band's earlier salad days, hopefully turning fans of their latest major label full-length, 2007's New Wave, on to the back catalogue and sucking a couple of bones out of die-hard fans who already own Against Me!'s stuff.
Essentially, the release is a never-before-heard version of As The Eternal Cowboy recorded at Gainesville, FL's Goldentone Studio with producer Rob McGregor on July 15, 2003. This was done as a test-run/precursor to the band's session in Memphis' Ardent Studios where the official album - released by Fat in 2003 - was committed to tape.
Guitarist/vocalist Tom Gabel explains:
"Having already recorded our first full-length album and two previous EPs with Rob at Goldentone, we wanted to do something different for our second full-length. We specifically wanted to make an all-analog recording with as few overdubs as possible, which is what we could do at Ardent. With Rob McGregor coming along to produce, we wanted to make sure he was familiar with the songs, so we made this demo recording. Recorded and mixed in only a couple of hours, The Original Cowboy was only meant to be a trial run but, listening to it today, there's a part of me that feels foolish for ever recording these songs a second time."
Expect The Original Cowboy to hit stores on July 7.
"A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction/Cliche Guevarra"
"Mutiny On The Electronic Bay"
"Rice And Bread"
"Slurring The Rhythms"
"You Look Like I Need A Drink/ Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists"