The official lyric video for DEVILDRIVER‘s cover version of indie/electro mob AWOLNATION‘s hit “Sail” can be seen below. The song appears on DEVILDRIVER‘s latest album, “Winter Kills”, which sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. This figure is in line with the opening number of DEVILDRIVER‘s fifth CD, “Beast”, which also shifted 11,000 units back in February 2011 to land at No. 42.
Regarding DEVILDRIVER‘s decision to cover “Sail”, the band’s lead singer, Dez Fafara, said: “Yeah. I was in the car one day and [my teenage sons] were playing the song and I absolutely connected with the lyrics ‘Blame it on my ADD.’ I mean, I suffered from attention deficit my whole life. And the song has the word ‘sail’ in it and I’ve been on tour for 20 years, so I liked it. I hit the guys up, they got back to me in five minutes and we’re, like, ‘Let’s cover this.’ But DEVILDRIVER likes to cover obscure tunes; we covered ‘Black Soul Choir’ from 16 HORSEPOWER.
“We started to realize that’s more fun; covering obscure stuff is more fun. We’ve never really done anything that’s current …
“My kids were playing it around the house and I was, like, ‘Man, I really like this song.’ We heard that AWOLNATION has heard it and they like the cover as well, which is really cool. When you’re covering another artist’s song and they like what you’ve done with it, that’s always a pleasure.”
The instrumental parts for “Winter Kills” were recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida while the vocals were laid down at Dez Fafara‘s home studio, with Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, ALL THAT REMAINS) handling production duties. The album’s cover artwork features a photograph by Dean Karr. The layout was done by Ryan Clark of Invisible Creature.
“Winter Kills” was made available in four configurations, including a deluxe digibook with CD (including two bonus tracks, “Shudder” and “Back Down To The Grave”) and live DVD (featuring 45 minutes of live raw DEVILDRIVER power — no studio overdubs at all, just the band at their best — and including fan favorites “Clouds Over California” and “The Wretched”), standard CD version, digital version and, for the first time in DEVILDRIVER history, a 2LP gatefold edition.