Record Store Day 2010 is coming up next Saturday, April 17, and Chicago's own Mr Russia have teamed up with Reckless Records to help make the day even more special for local music lovers. On that day, all Reckless purchases at any of the store's three locations (3126 N. Broadway, 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave. and 26 E. Madison) will come with an exclusive free copy of the band's brand new 7" vinyl, which includes two versions of their take on the David Bowie and Brian Eno-penned classic "Boys Keep Swinging." The band will also headline a show at Beat Kitchen that night.
According to Mr Russia frontman Ivan Russia, "Boys Keep Swinging" is especially significant to the group as it's the first song they learned to play after forming. The A side of the 7" features a version recorded in their rehearsal space before ever playing in front of an audience, while the B side includes an alternate take recorded later in the studio. The band also made a video for the song:
"I don't download music, I buy records and CDs," Ivan said. "I have fond memories of trolling the bins at Hegewisch Records (RIP). It taught me a great appreciation for music and exposed me to so many artists I treasure to this day. I feel Reckless Records is keeping that experience alive and I am quite pleased to have them exclusively distributing our first seven inch."
Boys Keep Swinging comes on the heels of the band's 2009 EP, Training for the Gameshow Host (available for free download), as well as their debut full-length, Teething.