At the Drive In’s Omar Rodríguez-López and Teri Gender Bender have worked together in various capacities over the years, most notably as members of Bosnian Rainbows. Rodríguez-López has also produced all three albums from Gender Bender’s Mexican punk band, Le Butcherettes.
2016 sees the two artists linking up once again. Following news that Le Butcherettes would be joining ATDI on their recently announced reunion tour, Rodríguez-López and Gender Bender have collaborated on a cover of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You”.
Featuring additional contributions from Baltimore’s With Lions, this new rendition takes the original’s smoky aura to whole other level. As Stereogum points out, Rodríguez-López & co. take a cue from Ennio Morricone, applying a spaghetti western-esque style to the arrangement that’s both vast and foreboding. Who knew a Depeche Mode song could ever sound like the perfect tune for a ride through dusty, rolling hills?
Stream it below.
Here’s the original for comparison: