by Adam Gold
"Whole New Dude" will appear on Lost Colony — a full-band, limited-edition 12-inch EP out April 29 via Merge — and is the followup to Tyler's widely hailed 2013 full-length Impossible Truth. Lost Colony will feature a full-band adaptation of Truth's "We Can't Go Home Again," along with a cover of krautrocker Michael Rother's (Neu!) "Karussell."
You've maybe noticed that the compound word of the day here is "full-band." And if you happened to catch Willy T.'s January kraut-country serenade at that club he co-owns, The Stone Fox, or you were so blessed as to catch his spellbinding Bonnaroo performance last summer, then you know what the full-band BFD is here. Lost Colony will feature the same three-piece backing band as those gigs, which includes JEFF the Brotherhood drummer Jamin Orrall, pedal-steel-sideman-at-large Luke Schneider (Natural Child, Lylas, more) and Stone Fox mover-and-shaker Reece Lazarus on bass.
Now, in both Merge- and Willy T.-related news, the venerable North Carolina indie label celebrates its 25th anniversary in July with the Merge 25 Festival, a four-day series of shows in Durham and Carrboro, NC, that will include performances from Tyler's alma matter (so to speak), locals Lambchop (they'll play their landmark LP Nixon in full), Neutral Milk Hotel, Wye Oak, The Clientele, Destroyer, Caribou, The Rock*A*Teens, Ex Hex, Bob Mould and more TBA. The festival runs July 23-26 and tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21, right here.
And speaking of Merge Records, don't forget Superchunk is coming to Mercy Lounge April 11 with Bully opening!