7/12/2016

Watch Shearwater cover the Bauhaus classic “Kick In The Eye” for The A.V. Club’s “Undercover”

Watch Shearwater cover the Bauhaus classic “Kick In The Eye” for"A.V. Undercover”
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While on tour supporting Jet Plane and Oxbow, which is one of the best reviewed albums of the year, Shearwater stopped by The Onion’s offices in Chicago to film their cover of the Bauhaus classic “Kick In The Eye” for The A.V. Club’s seventh season of music video series, ‘A.V. Undercover’.
The A.V. Club says of the performance, “Throwing down the gauntlet for future Undercovers, Shearwater showed up to our studio with a smoke machine and laser light show. They covered not only Bauhaus’ goth-rocker “Kick In The Eye” but also all of David Bowie’s Lodger. All of it.

With Shearwater’s latest album, the excellent Jet Plane And Oxbow, Jonathan Meiburg has crafted a more assertive and political effort without losing sight of the band’s biggest strengths: Meiburg’s baritone; descriptive, nonlinear lyrics; and songs that reveal more with each listen. Those strengths come out here in what is surely one of the more dramatic Undercovers we’ve hosted (see A.V. Club “Undercover” May 12th).”
Meiburg adds, “Our bassist Sadie Powers is our Bauhaus authority; she plays fretless because of David J. I would’ve preferred to do “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”— but later that afternoon they filmed our cover of Bowie’s Lodger album, so I can hardly complain. A heroic day for the good people at the A.V. Club.”
Jet Plane and Oxbow is available now on CD/ 2xLP/ DL from Sub Pop [link here]  and at an independent retailer near you.

What people are saying about Jet Plane and Oxbow:
“Fussed-over sounds abound — one track finds room for both synthesizer and dulcimer — which helps render Meiburg's songs both unsettling and majestic. The terrific "Quiet Americans" checks many of the band's boxes right away, as the synths
peal through static, while Meiburg's vocals bark, swoop, soar and swoon in tune with the moment. From there, the palette expands and contracts to include booming, stadium-sized urgency ("A Long Time Away"); a persistently rumbling, exploratory epic worthy of Wilco ("Filaments"); and a ballad that sneaks in some of Meiburg's favorite themes ("Wildlife In America"). Of course, that big, elastic voice remains at the center of these songs, but so too does a mandate to fill the surrounding air with big, bold ideas.” [First Listen] - NPR Music
"A defiant moody exploration of the magic and menace of technology." [4/5] - MOJO

"Meiburg's finest album to date." [8/10] - Uncut

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