New Megafaun: Volunteers

Last week I spoke to Megafaun drummer Joe Westerlund for a story I’m writing in advance of the band’s show on April 23 at Sail Inn in Tempe, part of their first headlining tour of the United States.

Naturally, he talked about the band’s upcoming release, Heretofore, a sort of stopgap recording between last year’s Gather, Form & Fly and a new album the band will begin recording in the fall. Due this summer, Heretofore is a six-song, 36-minute “mini-album,” with one song alone clocking in at 12 minutes. Westerlund said that song, an improvisation called Connor Pass, has become a favorite talking point for the band and emblematic of Megafaun’s off-the-cuff nature.

Alas, the new song Pitchfork premiered last week is not Connor Pass. It’s called Volunteers, twangy in nature and only a fourth of the length of Connor Pass.

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