Song of the Day: Joseph III “Jesus”

Posted by Greg on Apr 11, 2018 in Uncategorized |

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We’ll admit it. We’re a sucker for alt-country and most definitely a sucker for covers. Heck our favorite book of 2017 was Ray Padgett’s Cover Me. But as much as we like alt-country and cover songs, SITH gets even more giddy when said cover is a religious or spiritual song.

Alas, Richmond, VA’s Leon III’s haunting and ethereal take on The Velvet Underground’s “Jesus” is one of the best ways to start the day. The song takes on extra weight because the band recorded it despite a studio glitch. Now that’s totally bad-ass. Vocalist Andy Stepanian remarked that “during mixing some kind of glitch happened to Mark Nevers’ computer during one of the rough mixdowns of the song. It caused a very odd delayed effect on Jordan Caress’ vocals in addition to the delays that were supposed to be there. We tried to replicate it and start over but could never get that sound so we just went with the glitching version.” Brutal transparency and a daring recording move. Yep, that’s Lou Reed to the core.

“Jesus” follows the band’s gorgeous roots cut “Alberta,” and the whiskey-tinged “Between the Saddle and the Ground” to make for a trio of tracks that has us bursting with excitement. Yep, we’re pretty geeked up for their self-titled debut, which drops May 11 on Alabama’s Cornelius Chapel Records.

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