Published Apr 12, 2012Cuff the Duke have caught our attention with some interesting cover tunes over the years, including tracks by Arcade Fire and Dum Dum Girls. Now, the Toronto-based roots rock combo have collected some of those covers on a new EP as they prepare to embark on a North American tour.
The cover collection is called In Our Time, and it's available as a pay-what-you-want download from NoiseTrade. CD copies cost $5 to purchase from Paper Bag Records.
These six songs find the band stretching their stylistic wings by giving folksy makeovers to Sonic Youth, Guided by Voices, Smog, Dum Dum Girls, Bill Fay and John Lennon (although the Lennon cover sounds pretty similar to the original).
As for the tour, it launches today (April 12) in Fredericton, NB. From there, the band will play a number of shows in Canada's eastern half before heading to the U.S. for more dates. After that, Cuff the Duke's summer schedule includes a couple of Canadian festival engagements.
In Our Time:
1. "Cold Blooded Old Times" (Smog cover)
2. "Smothered in Hugs" (Guided by Voices cover)
3. "Always Looking" (Dum Dum Girls cover)
4. "I Hear You Calling" (Bill Fay cover)
5. "Instant Karma" (John Lennon cover)
6. "Diamond Sea" (Sonic Youth cover)
4/12 Fredericton, NB - The Capital Complex
4/13 Charlottetown, PEI - Hunter's Ale House
4/14 Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern
4/26 Hamilton, ON - Casbah
4/27 London, ON - APK Live
4/28 Peterborough, ON - Montreal House
5/4-5 Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse
5/12 Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop *
5/14 Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
5/15 Durham, NC - The Garage
5/17 Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall
5/23 Chicago, IL - Schuba's ^
7/21-23 London, ON - Home County Music & Arts Festival
8/17-19 Salmon Arm, BC - Salmon Art Roots & Blues Festival
* with Kelley Deal
^ with PS I Love You