Yo yo yo! Stockholm post-punk jugheads Viagra Boys have just released a music video for their cover of John Prine’s “In Spite Of Ourselves.” Their version will appear on their upcoming album Welfare Jazz which will drop on January 8, 2021, via YEAR0001.

The cover, which borrows the aesthetics and cultural affect of saloon karaoke, also features vocals from Amy Taylor of Aussie rockers Amyl and the Sniffers.

Check out the video for “In Spite Of Ourselves” below:

Sebastian Murphy from the band attempts to explain what is going on:

“When I heard ‘In Spite’ the first time, I instantly had an urge to do a cover or it, and I instantly knew that I wanted Amy to sing Iris Dement’s part because of her unique voice. I love that she sings with an Australian accent which is not too common in country songs I’ve heard before. I’ve listened to the sniffers since way back when we started, and Benke showed me ‘I’m not a loser.’

“Then, I’ve had the privilege of playing with them and hangin out and partying with Amy and the band all over the world, and we’ve hit it off from the start. Amy is a goddess of punk rock and a very important part of music today and one of the smartest people I’ve talked to, and it’s an honor to able to make music with her. I hope we can do more in the future!”

And here is Amy with her take:

“I was so excited when Viagra Boys asked me to do a duet with them. Sebastian is a classy man but let’s be true, we’re both insanely feral and gross, so the lyrics are perfect; I love tomato sauce and have a foul mouth so it’s like his singing right to me, what an honour.

‘Seb’s a country music fan, and so am I, so it was really sweet to do a little, nice duet, and he actually introduced John Prine to me; now I’m a fan. Viagra Boys and Sniffers see each other here and there around when we’re touring, I’ve got all the time in the world for them and their music.

“Gus our, bass player, even represents a full VB track suit, hat, and all! I remember when we were in London once, and Viagra Boys were playing, Gus and Bryce went and ended up sleeping in a park because they had too much fun. I rode a ferris wheel with Benke once when they were in Australia last year. I want to try that hectic, stupid, canned fish they always talk about. Shrimp Jazz for life!”

Viagra Boys will be featured on the cover of New Noise‘s forthcoming print issue, which will feature an exclusive flexi from the band.

Photo by Marcus Wilen.

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