Fresh off the release of their latest album, Smart Flesh, The Low Anthem recently joined The A.V. Club in Chicago to contribute to the newest Undercover series, recording Wilco‘s “A Shot In The Arm.” Surely you know the routine by now: indie-type band gets to choose a track from a list of songs compiled by Club editors and then squeezes into the Club’s postage-stamp sized studio to perform the track. Diehard Americana artists The Low Anthem don’t take a huge stylistic leap in covering Wilco, and covering Danzig or Toto would have been more creatively daring!
The band produces an interesting result nonetheless, giving us a more subdued take on the song. Sparsely instrumented, with organ, bass drums, clarinet and saw (?!?), the song now sounds quiet and regretful as opposed to the naked desperation apparent in the original. Check out the video below.
The Low Anthem – A Shot in the Arm (Wilco cover)
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