Posted by Bram Teitelman on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm
In an interview last month, Canadian singer/songwriter Feist mentioned that while performing on UK show Later… With Jools Holland, she formed a mutual appreciation with fellow performers Mastodon and pitched them on the idea of doing a split 7″ covering each other’s songs. It looks like the idea might have stuck, as bassist/singer Troy Sanders recently told MTV News Canada that they would be collaborating on a split for Record Store Day.
“In support of Record [Store] Day, which we always try to be a part of and falls every April, we try to do some sort of release to support independent record stores. So the idea is for Mastodon to cover a Feist song and throw some hair and dirt on it, and they’re going to take a Mastodon song and pretty it up a little bit… We only have a short window to make that happen, which is the month of December, but we’re going to do everything we can to work with Feist and have a split 7″ in support of record stores.”
It’s great that this might actually come to fruition, especially in support of Record Store Day. Given that the band’s hometown independent record store, Criminal Records is in serious danger of closing, every little bit of support helps. And as far fetched as the idea sounds initially, Feist’s dark, sparse acoustic sound could definitely work in Mastodon’s favor, while hearing a female’s take on the band will certainly make for an interesting take on things.