Two of our favorite indie rockers in recent years, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, announced they'll be joining forces not only for a tour, but an album as well.They'll be backed by by their band The Sea Lice, which features a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts).
"In 2014 I scored a support slot opening for Kurt at the Abbotsford Convent [outside Melbourne]," Barnett says in a press release. "We met briefly after the show but I was a bit nervous and didn't wanna bother him, just grateful for the gig. Years later we started bumping into each other on the festival circuit all around the wide world and we became friends. He hit me up when he was coming to Melbourne next and said he thought we could work together."
"I just love her voice in general... great lyrics of course..." Vile adds. "I love all her music but the song that really hit me was "Depreston"-I know it's popular but her voice is so good in that song and it's so pretty and sincere... i'm a sucker for that kinda song: instant classic.
"It started out as, maybe we'll do a split 7" together but then I figured let's make it a 12" so it doesn't get lost in the world, shoot for 5 songs. It wasn't until i had another KV tour booked for the following summer in Oz that we thought we should record as much as we can, just see what happens, no major goal to make it a full length, but it came together that way 'cause the vibe was so strong with everyone."
Check out the duo's tour date below: