Spirit Caravan were headliners at Desertfest London 2014, topping the first-night bill on April 25 at the Electric Ballroom with Ed Mundell‘s The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, Sasquatch and Monkey3. Needless to say, many righteous solos likely ensued. Weedeater played the next night right before Kvelertak in the same venue, and I guess as Spirit Caravan had already played the Berlin Desertfest, they had the weekend to hang out and do things like signings, a Wino acoustic set, and maybe sit in with Weedeater while they cover Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Gimme Back My Bullets.”
Weedeater toured with Saint Vitus in 2012 — the Brooklyn show is already legendary as far as I’m concerned — so this isn’t the first time they and Wino have shared a stage. I doubt that tour was either. But so far as I know, it’s the first time Wino has actually sat in with the band, and he both plays guitar and sings on the song, adding his voice to the gravel-throated screams of Weedeater bassist “Dixie” Dave Collins and his tone to the molasses-riffing of Dave Shepherd while relatively-recently added drummer Travis Owen faces sideways and beats the living hell out of his kit. Wino sort of relinquishes vocals to Collins as the song progresses in favor of tearing into leads with Shepherd, but the point gets across either way.
A take on “Gimme Back My Bullets” (sans Wino) appeared on Weedeater‘s 2007 album, God Luck and Good Speed. The trio, now signed to Season of Mist after releasing that album and its 2011 follow-up, Jason… the Dragon, on Southern Lord, are expected to have a new record out sometime later this year or early in 2015 and have reissued much if not all of their catalog through their new label. Meanwhile, Spirit Caravan‘s reunion run has ended and Saint Vitus embark on their 35th anniversary tour playing Born too Late in full tomorrow (dates here). More to come on that, I’m sure.
Enjoy and have a great Wino Wednesday: