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