What began as a just-for-fun split-45 by a couple of seasoned songwriters, quickly evolved into something that’s pretty damn exciting to hear. The Parting Gifts, whose core consists of Greg Cartwright of North Carolina’s Reigning Sound and CoCo Hames of The Ettes, have given us a little Monday mornin’ present, and it’s the kind that makes that toe tap even if you’re all bummed to be back in Cubeland for another week.
“Keep on Walking” is the first single off their upcoming debut LP Strychnine Dandelion, and it’s a classic late summer jam featuring jangly guitars, a handful of handclaps, and a repeating chorus that’s catchy enough to annoy the people around you all day, given you’ll be humming it incessantly. I recommend warning the people you share a wall with – you’re going to have some people prairie-dogging that ass all day until you leave the office if you don’t.
And as if the initial song and credentials of Cartwright and Hames weren’t enough to get you interested, the album features intense performances from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Patrick Keeler of The Raconteurs. The result is an impressive set of 14 original songs, as well as a haunting cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Walkin’ Through the Sleepy City.”
Give it a listen below and make sure to catch The Parting Gifts’ debut on In The Red Records coming up on November 9th.