Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fresh Track: Wax Fang to Release Digitally Exclusive 17-Minute Single

Posted by on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Apollo 17
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Whether it’s their answer to Rush’s “2112,” their newfangled take on Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” an homage to NOFX’s “The Decline,” or perhaps an attempt to make it onto Tom Hanks' iPod — or maybe all of the above — Louisville power trio par excellence Wax Fang are making a contribution to the pantheon of spacious, long, ambitious, multi-suite, magnum rock opuses with a new, digital-only single that plays (and slays) past the 17-minute mark. “The Astronaut (Part 1)” — the band’s first release since 2007’s La La Land — drops next Tuesday, Oct. 19, on My Morning Jacketeur and fellow Louisvillian Jim James’ Removador Recordings. Posted after the jump are a pair of teasers previewing a few of the track’s 17 minutes. Starting Friday, Oct. 15, you’ll be able to stream the whole damn thing over on the Removador site, where it’ll be made available for purchase and download on release day.

A press release sent to the Scene says of "The Astronaut (Part 1)":

Imagine Pink Floyd and Radiohead collaborating on a modern day take of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Coupled with Wax Fang’s trademark dynamic shift of loud, soaring riffs to soft, meditative guitar lines, [Scott] Carney’s vocals vividly guide you alongside The Astronaut lost in space.

In other words: “F.Y.I. stoners, you’ll love this! Put the needle down on the MP3 player, load up the three-footer, take that shotgun blast of Indo smoke straight to your dome-piece, and let this auditory Alice cradle the expanding wonderland in your mind as you slip in to couch-lock.”

While I can’t remember definitively, I’m pretty sure there was a point in college when I got “faded” — as it was then known — and tried to simultaneously spin Pink Floyd, Radiohead and “Space Oddity.” I probably figured that there had to be some way to make Pink Floyd sound better*. Either that, or I was frustrated from multiple failed attempts to successfully listen to Zaireeka in all four of its entireties. Aside from war, famine and genocide, there’s really nothing worse than wasting your buzz engaging in hopeless attempts to coordinate a living room of burnouts who can’t figure out how to let go of the fucking pause button at the same time. Suffice to say, I really could have used this Wax Fang song back then. And you can to.

* Note: Just Kidding Syd, Richard and David — but not you, Roger.

According to Fang manager Corey McAfee, the band are planning on performing “The Astronaut (Part 1)” in full when they open for My Morning Jacket at Louisville’s newly minted 22,000 capacity monument to basketball, fax machines and Kentucky Fried Chicken — the KFC Yum! Center — on Oct. 29. Click over to Ticketmaster to get your tickets to that Halloween haunting, then go and bookmark the Removador site and set a reminder on your smart phone, or iCal — or whatever would most confuse Andy Rooney — to log in and purchase this long-ass epic of a single on Tuesday.

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