Country gets a chaotic treatment from the Philly noiseniks
Jessie Atkinson
15:18 23rd October 2019

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Today we welcome the new Empath standalone release 'Drunken Angel'/'The Other Side', a noise rock cover of the Lucinda Williams Country bop. The seven plus minute cut is the first release from the Philadelphia rockers since this year's Active Listening: Night on Earth.

With a chaotic drum beat that threatens to fall apart at the seams, Empath have successfully mussed up the country song into a frenetic, rock version of its beautiful original. Hear it now on Gigwise:

Swerving clean production in favour of anxious composition and sections of harebrained instrumentals, 'Drunken Angel/The Other Side', slows and speeds up in an aural imitation of the sad, intoxicated life of the song's subject. 

Empath's Catherine Elicson said: “We also wanted to pay homage to Lucinda Williams, one of the greatest living songwriters. So we dragged ‘Drunken Angel’ through the Empath filter, and the result is what made it to the other side. Lucinda, we hope you don't hate it!”

See Empath in the UK:

01 - Bristol, The Crofters Rights
02 - London, Dingwalls (Mirrors Festival)
03 - Brighton, Concorde 2 (Rejoyce Festival)
04 - Manchester, The Star and Garter
05 - Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
06 - Sheffield, Record Junkee
07 - London, The Islington

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Photo: Daniel Topete