Listen to the Chicago band's take on 'Hammond Song' by the Roches and 'Take Me Home, Country Roads,' made famous by your drunken college friends
I wasn't previously familiar with "Hammond Song" by the Roches, but I've now listened to the cover by Chicago folk-rock band Whitney five times today.
It's part of a forthcoming covers album titled Candid, due out Aug. 14 on Secretly Canadian. Drummer-vocalist Julien Ehrlich, who teams up with guitarist Max Kakacek in Whitney, had this to say about "Hammond Song": "We both discovered 'Hammond Song' because Chris Coady sent it to us years ago as a reference for recording when we were making the last Smith Westerns record. It became a song that was always around for us and then we showed it to the rest of the band. This cover is the longest Whitney recording ever and pretty much everything you hear on it is totally live, save for the horns and the slide solo. For a five minute song, if you mess up one part you have to do the whole thing live all over again."
Listen to "Hammond Song" below, and, beneath that, Whitney's take on "Take Me Home, Country Roads," featuring Waxahatchee.