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- Posted on Apr 19th 2010 11:00AM by Linda Laban
"Sometimes comeback records don't have a reason to exist," Sheff tells Spinner. "It's just an excuse for a tour or an excuse to drum up some publicity for an artist. But these songs were some of the best he'd written ever. The reason they hadn't been released was way more to do with unfortunate personal events than the songs."
The result of this unique collaboration is 'True Love Cast Out All Evil,' which is due April 20 on Anti- Records. Austin/Brooklyn-based Okkervil River perform as Erickson's backing band, while Sheff produced the dusky folk-psyche record. Those unfortunate personal events Sheff refers to occurred when Erickson, the wild, handsome frontman for Austin 1960s experimentalists the 13th Floor Elevators, was persecuted by Texan law enforcement, prosecuted for marijuana possession and locked away in a hospital for the criminally insane. Among the 60 or so songs on the demos that Sheff originally heard, it was the songs that Erickson wrote while in prison in the early 1970s that really moved him and form the bulk of 'True Love.' "These songs had an incredible yearning quality and emotional resonance. They had a desperate quality and also a message of hope and faith that was incredible to me," he explains.
Erickson and Okkervil River will reunite for a handful of album release dates beginning in Austin on April 24, but Sheff isn't sure if more dates will be added. "I don't know if it will be possible to do too much more," he says. "It's to do with business logistics. It's a shame, because I really love playing with Roky and these shows will be so much fun."