Published Oct 23, 2013Next Tuesday (October 29), Fat Wreck Chords issues their The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute, but a heartbreaking take on the late No Use for a Name frontman's solo song "Capo 4th Fret" prepped by the Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon has been let loose ahead of the due date.
Fallon's interpretation plays rootiser than Sly's original acoustic strummer, which figured on his 12 Song Program solo album from 2010. The redo transposes the melody into a lower key and adds a soulful harmonica to the mix, but has a raspy Fallon still weighing in with Sly's reflective lyrics ("I will live for the sake of others, so they can do the same").
"When I met Tony it was at a festival and it was chaos," Fallon recalled in an interview with USA Today. "He was the only other guy who seemed to be in search of a quiet spot. We didn't say much to each other, we just had one of those strange meetings where you feel you're on the same side. Tony's song "Capo 4th Fret" reminded me of trying to make something of the chaos."
You can hear the tribute over here. As previously reported, The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute also includes covers from Bad Religion, Frank Turner, Pennywise and more.