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Stream EmptyMansions’ Desert-Weary Cover of Neil Young’s ‘Down By the River’


EmptyMansions, the not-totally-ridiculous side-project of Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, teased a debut album a few months back with “Lyra,” a track SPIN’s Chris Martins described as “a testosterone-fueled explosion of desert grind, arty slack, and psych breadth.” Now Fogarino has shared EmptyMansions’ cover of Neil Young’s “Down By the River” to celebrate the release of snakes/vultures/sulfate, out today (April 2) via Riot House Records.

Fogarino — backed by Secret Machines bassist Brandon Curtis (who also plays keys, sings backup, and acts as producer) and guitarist Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers) — opts for a languid take that’s only half the length of Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere classic, but feels just as travel-weary.

Below find the stream, tour dates, and the track list for snakes/vultures/sulfate, which is available now on iTunes.

snakes/vultures/sulfate track list:

1. “Led to Measure”
2. “Lyra”
3. “Up in the Holler”
4. “FTC”
5. “Sulfate”
6. “That Man”
7. “[The Former] You”
8. “Down by the River”

EmptyMansions 2013 tour dates:

April 23 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
April 24 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
April 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
April 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
April 27 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
April 28 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
April 30 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
May 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
May 2 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Calhoun Street Soups
May 3 – Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
May 4 – Nashville, TN @ The End