EBR019 – MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS – A DELICATE MAN: SONGS OF THE NATIONAL

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EBR019
MIKEY CHUCK RIVERS
A DELICATE MAN: SONGS OF THE NATIONAL

Eternal Bummer Records softly announces its 19th release, Mikey Chuck Rivers’ cover collection A Delicate Man: Songs of the National, for free download.

Clinton, Ontario’s Mikey Chuck Rivers has been a fervent fan of the elegant indie dad-rockers known as the The National since his own father read a cover story in Paste Magazine and bought their entire discography back in like 2007. Though it was a “Slow Show”* letting these Brooklyn-by-way-of-Ohio all-stars into the teenage Rivers’ shitty heart, it happened and it happened hard, resulting in this aptly-named lo-fi release A Delicate Man. The title, a cribbed lyric from the band’s song “Lemonworld”, hints toward the hushed and heavenfaced* approach of ADM‘s tone, where Mikey spent late nights whispering, howling, and plucking away in his childhood bedroom with a USB mic, Garageband, and a couple country ciders and “All the Wine”*.

The project has roots all the way back to 2011, when Mikey first put to tape a ramshackle folksy spin on the band’s calling card “Fake Empire” during a desolate residency in Etobicoke. The song returns here, along with Alligator’s “Abel” and High Violet‘s “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”, all overlapping acoustic guitars, banjos, and wolf-cub whimpers. The record is solely Rivers, save the EB debut of Banjo Ryan (of “Josh, Ryan, and Me” fame), who contributes a psychedelic solo banjo interpretation of “Looking for Astronauts” at the record’s end. Fun fact: Mikey and Ryan got wasted and saw the National at Massey Hall in like 2010, and a year later, ole Ryan broke Mikey’s banjo; talk about “Graceless.”*

Long-promised, along with the debut record It’s Mikey Here and its follow-up Mystic Keg, A Delicate Man arrives nonetheless as a pit-stop in the Rivers road-trip. After a strange spring and summer, here’s another bit from yr Bummers before yr ole pal Mikey sets his sights on sprucing up the world. Don’t get “Mistaken for Strangers”* and have a free download; we guarantee trouble won’t find you*.

*asterisks denote really shitty The National puns

TRACKLISTING
1. Fake Empire
2. Abel
3. Bloodbuzz Ohio
4. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
5. Looking for Astronauts (Bonus Track by Banjo Ryan)

FREE DOWNLOAD

About theotherivan

Cool dude from Clinton, Ontario. Founder of Eternal Bummer Records.
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