Enigmatic Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos is pleased to announce that he will “begin his Bryan Ferry period” with a full album of Bob Dylan covers under a new side project titled Haus Band.
To celebrate the legendary songwriter’s 80th birthday, Haus Band are pleased to reveal a wonderful cover of the 1965 B-Side to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, ‘She Belongs to Me’, released 24th May 2021 via Alcopop! Records and Anomic Records.
The track is the first to be taken from a forthcoming album of Dylan covers to be released later in the year via Alcopop! Records and newly-minted German label Anomic Records—the by-product of hearing band practices through the wall, feeding the neighbours’ cats, and lucky circumstance thrown together by the pandemic.
It’s been an interesting few months for Eddie Argos, illustrious front man of sardonic indie art pioneers Art Brut. In echoes of that seminal hit, he’s only gone and ‘Formed A Band’ (look at him, he’s formed a band!)…a Bob Dylan covers band at that – with fellow Berlin artist’s Olga Karatzioti-B. and Leonard Kaage (of Errorr and The Underground Youth fame)
“I’ve always wanted to make a Dylan covers album,” says an enthusiastic Argos, “but the opportunity really came up when, during Lockdown, I heard my neighbours practicing their songs through the floor, and thought to myself ‘they sound like they need a singing partner’. I’d heard them practicing Pixies the week before so I knew they were awesome dudes. We’d also been looking after each other’s cats.”
“We started playing Dylan songs for fun in the evening because we had nothing else to do. Leo and I love Dylan (Olga is a recent convert). Olga is a photographer and filmmaker, and was learning the bass. Leo has a band called Errorr and Olga plays in a band called The Underground Youth, and they both have a new record label together, so the idea of turning our fun into an album and doing everything ourselves came together very quickly.”
“We called ourselves Haus Band because besides the trip to Leo’s studio, everything was done in the house where we live. I can be quite lazy so just having to go up a flight of stairs to rehearse has been great for me.”