It's only fitting that The Emperors of Wyoming take their name from a vintage Neil Young song. The band's rough-hewn sound easily falls into what is now termed Americana but this particular bluesy blend of twang n' razor-sharp riffs has its roots in something once referred to as country/rock. And for good reason. The style may have a rural folk feel but the tracks also project a lean, muscular swagger. The Emperors were born when Butch Vig, the noted producer and Garbage-man, joined up with Phil Davis, Frank Anderson and Peter Anderson, all veterans of the Madison, Wisconsin music scene. Recordings were traded and finessed via online links as each member added ideas and instrumentation to the songs-in-progress. New "deluxe" version of the debut album, due March 25 for a U.S. rollout, includes remixes, one new song and a couple of covers (including The Afghan Whigs' "Rebirth of the Cool"). Stream the full album here.
The Emperors of Wyoming - "Avalanche Girl"
The Emperors of Wyoming - "The Pinery Boy"
The Emperors of Wyoming - "The Rebirth of Cool" (Afghan Whigs Cover)