Despite the name, Nashville trio Country Westerns aren’t pure old-school C&W. They work a heavy dose garage-rock grit in with their country, as seen on their new cover of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Wall of Death.” Produced by recent Bonnie “Prince” Billy collaborator Matt Sweeney, the cover helms their new mostly-covers EP Country Westerns, released last week on Fat Possum.
A Richard and Linda Thompson is a natural choice for a band with a male and female singer (Joseph Plunket and Sabrina Rush) to take on, and Country Westerns does it justice. They lean a little closer to the Thompsons’ original than to the beloved R.E.M.’s power-pop version, but add an extra dose of twang and growl while they strip it down to a power trio. Listen below, and check out the full Country Westerns EP at Bandcamp.