On June 25, David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights will release “Christopher Columbus” b/w “Shifting Sands,” a new limited-edition 7-inch. Watch the new video for “Christopher Columbus” now!
David began writing “Christopher Columbus” while on a European tour with The Clean. A flight delay led to a visit to a statue of Christopher Columbus in Rambla de Santa Monica. David wrote, “It got me thinking about how his discovery of America led the world to where we are now. Where are we now? I like to think we are now looking at the beginning of the end of the corporate way of capitalist life which, as we know it, essentially came out of Chicago via the economist Milton Friedman and is basically a completely inhuman idea. Columbus knew there was more to explore—yeah he knew! Little did he know where it would end up.”
“Shifting Sands” was originally recorded by US group The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band in 1967. You can find the track on their LP Part One. “The Pop Art Toasters (the band Martin Phillipps and I performed with) recorded another song of theirs way back called “I Won’t Hurt You,” said David. “The track is on the b-side in that grand tradition of putting something a li’l different on a b-side. This track will not be on the next LP. It may not even be available as a digi download, so the punters will have to buy the 45 to get the track!”
Pre-order David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights’ limited-edition “Christopher Columbus” b/w “Shifting Sands” 7-inch now in the Merge store.