Wednesday, May 18, 2011

[COVER] Bruce Peninsula - The Swimming Song

via anitrone 
Bruce Peninsula covers Loudon Wainwright III's "The Swimming Song" and they make it just a little more rockable, dialing down the banjo a tad. Their harmonies are the best. This one is probably going to make it as the lead off track on my summer mix. "This summer I did swan dives and jack knives for you all/ and once when you weren't looking I did a cannon ball." If those aren't the most fun loving, summer appropriate lyrics then I don't know what is.

I also feel compelled to tell you about Bruce Peninsula because they are way more than just a cover band. In 2009 they were short listed for the Polaris Prize and have been lauded far and wide for their live performances. Right when they finished recording their highly anticipated second LP their frontman was diagnosed with a curable form of leukemia. They decided to put of the release of their album until he recovered. Neil Haverty is now officially in remission. Along the way they've been dropping little treats under the moniker Bruce Trail Fire Sale like "The Swimming Song", a daytrotter session, and there is more to come to tide their fans over until the album is released some time this fall. 

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