Elvis Perkins In Dearland

Elvis Perkins In Dearland to Release New EP

by That Guy on October 6, 2009

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If you’ve seen Elvis Perkins In Dearland play a live show over the last several months, odds are you noticed a couple things: 1) their drummer looks a little like Tucker from There’s Something About Mary, and 2) they play several REALLY good songs that can’t be found on any of their albums. Well, now those songs are being made available on the forthcoming The Doomsday EP, available October 20th on XL Recordings.

The EP offers six tracks, including the original “Doomsday” from the self-titled Elvis Perkins In Dearland full-length released earlier this year. It also includes a slower version of the song, which isn’t a standout but is interesting nonetheless. The rest of the EP is outstanding, with three of my favorite songs from their live performances: “Stay Zombie Stay,” “Weeping Mary,” and the infectious “Stop Drop Rock And Roll.” Pick up the EP on October 20th or catch these songs live on tour.

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Slow Doomsday

Tour Dates:

10/31 – Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble – Woodstock, NY
11/1 – Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV
11/3 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
11/4 – Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall – Asheville, NC
11/5 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/6 – Cafe 11 – St. Augustine, FL
11/7 – The Social – Orlando, FL
11/9 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
11/10 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
11/11 – The Parish – New Orleans, LA
11/12 – Walters On Washington – Houston, TX
11/13 – The Parish – Austin, TX
11/14 – House of Blues – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
11/16 – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack – Little Rock, AR
11/20 – Gargoyle Club – St. Louis, MO
11/21 – TBD-Chicago, IL
11/30 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
12/01 – The Hi Hat – Providence, RI
12/02 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
12/03 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
12/04 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/05 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

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elvis perkins in dearland

I adore Elvis Perkins. Ever since Oz, Woody, and I caught him play a set at SXSW in 2007 that was sandwiched between sets from Pete Townsend and the Cold War Kids (Elvis’ set was the best of the night), I’ve been hooked. And his latest effort with his backing band Dearland is absolutely incredible.

Elvis Perkins’ back story is pretty well-known, but I think knowing it adds flavor to his music. In case you missed it¦he lost his father, actor Anthony Perkins, to AIDS in 1992 and his mother, photographer Berry Berenson, when she was tragically killed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 aboard American Airlines Flight 11.

These events seem to shape much of Elvis’ songwriting, which moves from despondence, to defiance, to hope and back again. Perkins’ debut album, Ash Wednesday, dealt with themes of life and death, and the self-titled Elvis Perkins in Dearland continues with many of those same themes. It’s filled with bright acoustic guitars, big bass drums, full-bodied upright bass, an occasional organ or trombone, and earnest, unfeigned vocals. My favorite track off the new album, Doomsday, is a bellwether for the entire album:

Now in all of my wildest dreams, it never once was seen
That doomsday would fall anywhere near a Tuesday
But a flight across the sky, see it fade before my eyes
There isn’t any sense to a goodbye and by (??)
Oh I don’t plan to die, nor should you plan to die!

Other standout tracks include Shampoo, Send My Fond Regards to Lonelyville, and I Heard Your Voice in Dresden. Producer Chris Shaw did a great job of capturing the fire and spirit of Elvis’ live show. I love this album. You can pick it up March 10.

He’ll also be playing the Auditorium Shores Stage in Austin during SXSW on March 19.

Here’s some stuff to keep you warm.

Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Shampoo

Elvis Perkins – While You Were Sleeping (Live on Letterman)

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