Following the release of its debut LP Against Me! Is Reinventing Axl Rose, or more simply Reinventing Axl Rose, Against Me! returned to the studio. The plan, as frontman Tom Gabel explains, was to “to do something different for our second full length. We specifically wanted to make an all analog recording with as few overdubs as possible which is what we could do at Ardent.” So, Gabel and Co. made a series of demos, to familiarize producer Rob McGregor of the band’s intentions.
The end result would be As the Eternal Cowboy, an album that ironically would be mired in controversy over its production. But those demos, known as The Original Cowboy, forever remained in the memory of the band, says Gabel…
Recorded and mixed in only a couple of hours, The Original Cowboy was only meant to be a trial run, but, listening to it today, theres a part of me that feels foolish for ever recording these songs a second time.
And as a result, on July 7th, Against Me! will release the predominantly never-before-heard The Original Cowboy for the first time via Fat Wreck. The EP will be available on CD, vinyl LP, and iTunes, with a limited color vinyl run also available.
Score another point to Tom Gabel in the contest for coolest frontman ever!
The Original Cowboy EP Tracklist:
01. A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction/Cliche Guevarra
02. Mutiny On The Electronic Bay
04. Rice And Bread
05. Cavalier Eternal
06. Unsubstantiated Rumors
07. Slurring The Rhythms
08. You Look Like I Need A Drink/ Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists
Against Me! 2009 Tour Dates:
04/26 – Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos
04/28 – Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pourhouse
04/29 – Athens, GA @ Tasty World
04/30 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
05/01 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
05/07 – Brisbane, AU @ Zoo *
05/08 – Newcastle, AU @ Cambridge *
05/09 – Sydney, AU @ Annadale Hotel *
05/10 – Canberra, AU @ Tuggeranong Youth Centre *
05/13 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner *
05/14 – Hobart, AU @ Republic Bar *
05/15 – Adelaide, AU @ Enigma Bar *
05/16 – Perth, AU @ Hyde Park *
* = Tom Gabelo solo