Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, “Lawless” (original sound track)

So, Nick Cave pens his second screenplay, teams up with John Hillcoat as director, and with Warren Ellis (of both the Bad Seeds and Grinderman) to produce the soundtrack.

For his latest endeavour in film, Nick Cave has written both the screenplay and the music for  John Hillcoat’s new movie Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman. The film hits theaters August 29, while the soundtrack will be released via Sony on August 28.

For the music, Cave teamed up with long-term collaborator Warren Ellis to form a band called the Bootleggers, playing country and bluegrass that mimics the film’s setting (rural Virginia in 1931). They rounded up a rotating cast of guest vocalists, including Emmylou Harris, Mark Lanegan, the Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, and bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley.

Both Lanegan and Stanley cover the Velvet Underground’s “White Light/White Heat”, while Harris and Moss cover Grandaddy’s “So You’ll Aim Toward the Sky”. There are also covers of Captain Beefheart, Link Wray, and Townes Van Zandt. There’s also a previously unreleased Willie Nelson track, “Midnight Run”. According to a press release, Nelson’s new found song is about “clandestine transport of moonshine whisky.”

Lawless OST tracklisting:

  1. The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)
  2. The Bootleggers [ft. Nick Cave]: “Burnin’ Hell”
  3. Ralph Stanley: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)
  4. The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Fire in the Blood”
  5. The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)
  6. The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Cosmonaut”
  7. Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Emmylou Harris, and Ralph Stanley: “Fire in the Blood” / “Snake Song” (Townes Van Zandt cover)
  8. The Bootleggers [ft. Liela Moss and Emmylou Harris]: “Aim Towards the Sky” (Grandaddy cover)
  9. The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]
: “Fire in the Blood”
  10. Ralph Stanley: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)
  11. The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)
  12. Ralph Stanley: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)
  13. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “End Crawl”
  14. Willie Nelson: “Midnight Run”  (bonus track)

via Nick Cave & Warren Ellis’ Lawless Music Features Mark Lanegan, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, More | News | Pitchfork.

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