Kurt Vile and Bradford Cox Board ‘Freak Train’ in Newly Unearthed Live Collaboration
'The Hunchback' EP reissue hits January 22 with bonus live tracks
Bradford Cox and Kurt Vile have obvious similarities, from their prolific home-recording approaches to their shared affinity for atmospheric rock. In fact, Deerhunter frontman Cox even covered “Freak Train,” a song from Vile’s 2009 Matador debut Childish Prodigy, a few years ago on a free mixtape released under his Atlas Sound solo guise. Cox also joined Vile in an entrancingly rambling, nine-minute rendition of the krautrock-chugging zone-out at the Earl in Atlanta on August 7, 2011 (via Pitchfork).
Recorded by Chunklet proprietor Henry Owings, the performance comes from Vile’s final show with the best-known lineup of his band the Violators, which then included the War on Drugs leader Adam Granduciel. The recording comes as one of six bonus live tracks from a reissue of Vile and the Violators’ limited-edition 2009 EP The Hunchback, out today on TestosterTunes. Did we mention there’s saxophone?