After years of playing random cover song's at shows the band has taken that tradition into the recording studio to pay tribute the artists and songs that have inspired them, the result is a series of EP's to be released throughout 2013, the first no fun intended features covers songs from Joy Division, MC5 and Suicide Commandos, produced by the band & John Fields and is out now.
Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner explains the first three song choices, “We choose Attacking The Beat from The Suicide Commandos because the band is legendary in the Minneapolis music scene, guitarist/singer Chris Osgood taught me my first Ramone's chords and is a huge inspiration on all of us.” As for Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart “Love Will Tear Us Apart is one of the greatest songs ever written, it's an amazing piece of poetry.” Pirner continues and MC5's Shakin' Street “MC5 were such a pivotal band in the inception of punk music, they stood for everything I believed in growing up and still believe in today, rock n' roll music can be an agent of change.” says Pirner
Currently on The LP Tour with Big Head Todd, The Wailers and Matthew Sweet playing their multi-million selling album Grave Dancers Union from start to finish, the band will embark on a fall tour with Fountains Of Wayne and The Lemonhead's Evan Dando kicking off on September 30.
Soul Asylum also recently hit the studio to record ‘Little Shiva's Song' to be included on a double CD that comes out in November as part of the Songs For Slim Fundraiser in support of Replacement's guitarist Slim Dunlap for more information go to: www.songsforslim.com.
Expect an album of new material to be produced by Soul Asylum and John Fields due out early 2014.
See them live (** denotes LP Tour/* denotes Soul Asylum date)
Aug 9 RiverFest Watertown, WI **
Aug 21 Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, GA *
Aug 22 Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC*
Aug 31 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Milwaukee, WI **
Sep 1 Arts, Beats & Eats Detroit, MI *
Sep 18 Canyon Club Agoura, CA *
Sep 19 Sycuan Casino El Cajon, CA **
Sep 27 The Asylum Portland, ME w/ Fountains of Wayne only
Sep 28 Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Uncasville, CT *
With Fountains of Wayne & Lemonhead's Evan Dando
Sep 30 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Oct 01 State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ
Oct 02 Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY
Oct 05 Webster Hall New York, NY
Oct 06 Ardmore Music Hall Ardmore, PA
Oct 08 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 09 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Oct 11 Sands Bethlehem Events Center Bethlehem, PA
Oct 12 Stockbridge Theater Derry, NH
Oct 14 The Tralf Buffalo, NY
Oct 15 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
Oct 17 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
Oct 18 Vic Theater Chicago, IL
Oct 19 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN