Nick Cave gets a Southern make-over with Meeks Family 7-inch

Former vocalist/guitarist for the Close returns with a dark, Southern gothic drawl



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“Down” by The Meeks Family (Live @ The Earl) from William Haun on Vimeo.

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Brooks Meeks stresses that the two songs on the brand new Meeks Family’s debut 7-inch should not be called “country,” and he’s right. Although the idea behind the former vocalist and guitar player for long-defunct Atlanta indie rockers the Close explains that the project was initially conceived as a country/songwriter-esque project, it has come a long way over the last couple of years. The A-side on the 7-inch is a duet with Tom Cheshire of All Night Drug Prowling Wolves for a cover of Nick Cave and Robyn Hitchcock’s “Weeping Song.” Here their rendition does justice to the original’s air of darkness while draping a Southern twang over the its subtle nuances. On the b-side “The Deuce of Clubs” is a like-minded atmospheric brood where Meeks gives his nod to the lowest card in the deck, which kind of says it all. Think Neko Case, Johnny Cash and the likes and you have a good idea for the kind of non-country country style songs that are in store.

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The single brought old school Atlanta indie label Moodswing Records out of retirement, and is a teaser for a forthcoming self-released full-length to be titled 31 Years of Lullaby, which will be followed by another 7-inch featuring a cover of Hank Locklin’s country heart breaker “Please Help Me I’m Falling.”

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No release date has been set for the album or the single with the Locklin cover, but on Saturday night the group is playing a release party for the “Weeping Song” b/w “The Deuce of Clubs” 7-inch at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. The lineup features former Iron & Wine drummer Jonathan Bradley, Johnny Kral of the Hiss playing bass, Chris Case playing keys and, of course, Meeks will be at the front and center of it all. Brooklyn’s Girls in Trouble opens the show.

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$5. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 644 North Highland Ave. 404-874-5756.