Among the most anticipated Record Store Day 2017 releases is the debut single from Filthy Friends, a new supergroup with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, King Crimson and Swans’ Bill Rieflin, The Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey, The Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch, and occasionally Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic. To date they’ve played a few small Portland clubs to little publicity – deliberately no doubt – and streamed their song “Despierta” last October as part of the “30 Days, 50 Songs” campaign “for a Trump-free America”. Buck said at the release of “Despierta” that it would be on their debut album due “later next year” (referring to what’s now this year, 2017). He added that the album had already “been recorded, mixed and mastered.”
Earlier this month they premiered another new song on The Best Show With Tom Scharpling, “Any Kind of Crowd,” which will be their official first single, out Record Store Day as a 7″ with a cover of Roxy Music’s “Editions of You” on the flip. Stream “Any Kind of Crowd” here, circa the 5 minute mark.
And for those scratching their heads over the King Crimson connection: Rieflin first became known for drumming with industrial and experimental metal bands (Ministry, Swans, Nine Inch Nails, others) but also The Minus 5, which lead to him drumming with REM following Bill Berry’s departure in 1997. From 2003 onwards he was REM’s live drummer as well as a multi-instrumentalist studio collaborator. He’s participated in Swans recordings since the ’90s, and has become a major multi-instrumentalist contributor to their every release since 2010’s The Seer. Rieflin has likewise drummed in King Crimson since 2013, but according to Robert Fripp “will be focusing on mellotron, keys and fairy dusting, rather than using drums as a main instrument” in Crimson’s highly anticipated new “double quartet” line-up to tour America this year.
Any Kind of Crowd
Editions of You