Soldiers of Fortune already pack a fair bit of indie star power, with members of Interpol, Oneida and Chavez among their number. But that evidently wasn’t enough for the New Yorkers when it came to putting together their upcoming second album. ‘Early Risers’, out November 6 also features appearances from Cass McCombs and – most exciting of all – former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, adding even more stardust to proceedings on a record full of anything-goes rock.
Having released their first LP ‘Ball Strenth’ in 2009, the group recorded “a dozen embryonic ‘song ideas’, rather than jams” in a single afternoon in 2013, calling on “friends who know how to sing” to finish the job on ‘Early Risers’ across another two days. Following the straight-forward screeching rock of ‘Nails’, the album’s first single, released in September, and their laconic, country-tinged Cass McCombs collaboration ‘Old Roman Wall’, you can now check out ‘Campus Swagger’, ft. Stephen Malkmus, below. It finds the band in loose, inventive form as ever, providing a perfect backdrop for the Pavement man’s lyrics about “gunpowder on the snow.” That’s maybe a good analogy for the track – both explosive and ice-cold Listen below and be sure to pick up ‘Early Risers’ on November 6.