Following the death of the iconic lo-fi legend Daniel Johnston last year, Built To Spill announced they would be paying homage to the singer with a new tribute album.
The album of Johnston covers titled, Built To Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston, will be released by the band on May 1st.
The group have shared a cut from that album and covered the sensational song, ‘Life In Vain’, which is taken from Johnston’s 1994 album Fun. Built To Spill acted as Johnston’s backing band during his final tour in 2017, taking on spots in Vancouver and Portland.
The LP will be comprised of eleven tracks that Built To Spill have handpicked to share with us all. The recording originates from the band’s rehearsals for the original 2017 shows.
“It was pretty special for us,” Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch said of the shows while speaking to Rolling Stone. “Basically we wanted to get good documentation of what our rehearsals were like. It was a lot heavier than what I thought it would be.”
Listen to the latest track from Built To Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston, the brilliant ‘Life In Vain’ below.