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The Video:

Having recently wrapped up their first SXSW and a string of dates in support of The Shins, Albuquerque shoe gazers Sad Baby Wolf are now back to focusing on the upcoming release of their debut album. To tide fans over for the 4/9 release of Electric Sounds, they've put together a blistering cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Never Understand." It's a fitting song to cover, as it was JAMC's debut single for their first album, Psychocandy. True to the original, it's all very frenetic and woozy and it gives us a glimpse of what the recording sessions for Electric Sounds must have been like.

Sad Baby Wolf released a cover track of the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel song "Everything Is" last year and this second cover track has a similarly nostalgic nuance. "We're doing this for the pure joy and rush of playing music," explains Marty Crandall, "and it does sort of have an 'I don't care what you think and I'm going to do whatever I please' sort of vibe to it." Along with fellow band member Neal Langford, they both have a shared history of playing with The Shins- Crandall for more than a decade. This background adds to the confidence of the performance. "This was all one take, no stopping, no overdubs. Just some dudes, microphones, amps, instruments and iPhones," Crandall relates. As musical veterans, he speaks for the group saying "You can take it or leave it. I suggest you take it, though, because it's a pretty fun ride." It's a seasoned voice Sad Baby Wolf has, but it's laden with a rising sense of new possibility.

Watch the video here:

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The Background:

The band was conceived during a homecoming of sorts—not in the heat of a romantic dalliance, but a brotherly collaboration. Sad Baby Wolf formed in 2010 when lead singer, Marty Crandall, who had just been "let go" from The Shins, returned to his hometown of Albuquerque for a visit. An old friend with roots in the Albuquerque music scene of yore was seriously ill and hosting a benefit concert to offset medical expenses. Hot air balloon pilot and fellow-former-Shins guitarist Neal Langford was a natural collaborator for what they assumed was a quick, one-off gig. Along with another long-time buddy and musician, Jason Ward, and Marty's brother Maury Crandall on drums, they pasted together a set of two covers and two originals. It was a slap-dash rush to compose the new songs, yet they found that it felt oddly, exhilaratingly effortless. The feeling persisted through the performance. In late 2011, Sad Baby Wolf released their debut single, "8th Level" / "Survival Guide". With the full length album Electric Sounds coming out on April 9th, the men of young Sad Baby Wolf contiunue to devleop their nascent sound. Beware of fangs and talons quivering in wait...


"Never Understand":

"Electric Sounds"

"Everything Is" (Neutral Milk Hotel cover):

Daytrotter Session:!/concert/sad-baby-wolf/20055630-37382848

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