New Jersey’s EAST OF THE WALL will release a split 7″ with Cryptodira next week, and today the band’s track from the platter is playing at Vice Magazine as both acts gear-up for a pair of record release shows this weekend.
EAST OF THE WALL‘s contribution to their split 7″ with Cryptodira is a heavily-altered take on Nick Drake’s classic folk song, “River Man.” While the first few moments of the song may give the impression that the cover is faithful to the original, “River Man” quickly modulates itself into an entirely new creation. This adaptation, recorded and mixed by East of the Wall bassist Chris Alfano, is the B-side to Cryptodira’s “Speaking The Ocean,” which was ironically tracked and mixed by Eric Rachel at Trax East, the man who handled mixing and drum engineering duties for the latest East of the Wall LP, Redaction Artifacts. “River Man” is now playing exclusively at Vice Magazine, who issues of the track, “When I first put on EAST OF THE WALL‘s Nick Drake cover, I was afraid I’d be transformed back to the sniveling man I once was, squirting tears all over my copy of John Berryman’s Dream Songs. Luckily, this cover makes me feel like I’m in a movie mashup of Heavy Metal and The Hobbit, slaying centaurs with Geddy Lee. Way better.”
Listen to EAST OF THE WALL’s “River Man” remake at Vice RIGHT HERE.
Cryptodira’s A-side track, “Speaking The Ocean,” is also currently streaming at Heavy Blog Is Heavy HERE.
The split will be released on January 13th via Epistemic Records, but preorders for the limited blue vinyl are live now at THIS LOCATION. Those local to the NJ/NY/PA area can pick up a copy early at the following record release performances with EAST OF THE WALL and Cryptodira this weekend, in Kenilworth, New Jersey this Friday, January 9th, and in Philadelphia on Saturday the 10th.
EAST OF THE WALL & Cryptodira Record Release Shows:
1/09/2015 10th Street Live – Kenilworth, NJ w/ Hammer Fight, Carnavarice Breath
1/10/2015 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (3pm matinee)
EAST OF THE WALL is also currently almost halfway through the writing process for their upcoming fifth full-length, and plan to start integrating some new material into live sets shortly. Stand by for additional announcements in the coming weeks.