A.V Undercover was a rather nifty series launched by pop culture website The A.V. Club last year. The premise was pretty simple; first the site compiled a list of twenty-five songs that they wanted to hear covers of, then they cleared out a storage closet in their office and invited some bands to perform one of said songs in the tiny space. Once each song had been covered it was crossed off the list, so for each successive artist the pool to choose from got smaller and smaller.
Baltimore duo Wye Oak chose to cover ‘Strangers’ by The Kinks as part of the series, and so successful was their rendition that they were voted back by the site’s readers for this year’s edition, taking on EMA favourite Danzig’s ‘Mother’.
Now Wye Oak’s label Merge have decided to release both covers on 7″ vinyl, limited to an edition of a thousand copies. It’s available from November 22, but you can pre-order it here.
Watch both A.V. Undercover performances below. If you want to see the band in the flesh, then get yourself down to XOYO on November 22, when they will be supported by the also-rather-good Callers.