If you’ve been a WAS fan for a while, then surely you know who Ethan Fogus is.
If you don’t, well Ethan Fogus is like the taste of black coffee and unfiltered cigarettes, with music somewhere between Bishop Allen, Bruce Springsteen and Bright Eyes. Their newest record, The Fox Spoke is out and up for purchase on their Myspace.
He’s covered some of the hits off With Love and Squalor, and he’s most recently tackled Lethal Enforcer. Upon hearing this rendition of Lethal Enforcer, Chris Cain said this: “Insane! You are a young Tom Waits. It’s great.” Here’s some of the background about it:
I promised myself a long time ago I would never attempt to do another “serious” We Are Scientists cover. Things changed recently when I was approached by the guys to do another song in honor of their newest release Brain Thrust Mastery. I was bored enough with life at the time to whole heartedly agree.
The next few weeks were spent demoing this song. Changing the key, switching up some of Keith’s lyrics and generally figuring how I wanted the arrangement to sound. What instruments to use. Boring things. Then one night my room mate and I were super drunk. I woke up the next day with a terrible hangover and I decided that today would be the best day to record the final version of the song, you should of heard how terrible the first vocal take sounded, like Devendra Banhart only awful.
A month and a half later and here we are: Lethal Enforcer. With supplementary vocals provided by Bobby I. Much thanks to Bobby I, Keli Lambert, We Are Scientists, Blake Pittman, Nathan McGirt and Emily Fogus. Thanks to you guys, too.