Austin Indie Rokers, Okkervil River, released the latest installmet of their Golden Opportunities free download series. The third segment features 80’s covers including Wang Chung’s “Dancehall Days”, George Benson’s “Give Me the Night”, Don Henley’s “End of the Innocense”, and “Money Changes Everything” popularized by Cyndi Lauper.
Okkervil River Vocalist and Guitar, Will Sheff, explains the reasoning for doing the 80’s covers…
This third installment came about because I had an idea I was excited by; I thought it would be nice to restrict the covers to a specific decade – the 1980s, the decade of my childhood, and the decade in which our album The Silver Gymnasium is set.
We worked these songs up on the road and recorded them during soundchecks, on the radio in Seattle, or at one particularly drunken and celebratory show in a tiny club in Bozeman, Montana.
It’s fun doing these solo songs during a tour – sometimes you play them for the audience and sometime they’re the band’s little secret. A last jetlagged solo song was recorded the morning after I came home from Japan.
I’m putting all of these up on okkervilriver.com/goldenopportunities and you guys can stream them or download them for free as Apple Lossless files or as mp3’s. I don’t have a Lossless version of the original Golden Opportunitiesbecause I lost the master.
Lauren Gurgiolo: Electric guitar, lap steel.
Aaron Johnson: Rhythm electric guitar.
Patrick Pestorius, Bass, harmony vocals.
Will Sheff: Vocal, acoustic and additional electric guitars.
Justin Sherburn: Keyboards, harmony vocals.
Michael St. Clair: Trumpet, percussion, harmony vocals, additional keyboards.
Scott Clark: Congas
Beth Wawerna: Harmony vocals
Engineered by Rubes Harman. Track three recorded at KEXP Seattle. Mixed by Phil Palazzolo at Crystal Snifter, Brooklyn NY.
Recorded on tour in America, 2013
Along with the release of GO3, the band has unveiled the official trailer for Down Down the Deep River short film directed by Sheff which explores themes from Okkervil River’s album Siver Gymnasium.