listen to Chrome Waves cover Nick Cave’s “Push the Sky Away”
Black metal/shoegaze blenders Chrome Waves re-activated the band in 2018 with new vocalist James Benson, and they released the very good new album A Grief Observed earlier this year. Before the year ends, they’ll follow that album with a new EP featuring three new original songs and three covers. The covers include their previously released takes on Slowdive’s “When the Sun Hits” and Nirvana’s “Something In The Way,” and a new cover of Nick Cave‘s Push The Sky Away, the title track off the Bad Seeds’ great 2013 album, which premieres in this post. The melodies are close enough to the original that you can tell what song they’re covering, but Chrome Waves really make it their own, turning it into something that sounds like Kevin Shields fronting This will Destroy You. The band says:
Late last year when we covered Slowdive, Chrome Waves was basically a brand-new band again… It felt necessary to kind of keep Kim (Dylla) in the background on that one to showcase James (Benson) as the new frontman. This time around, with a full-length and now an EP behind us, it felt natural to give Kim’s guest vocal a more prominent role. Nick Cave is easily in my top five most frequent listens and doing a newer song from his catalogue may seem to be out of left field for most but felt natural to us from the beginning. Hopefully this cover pays tribute to the Bad Seeds’ more somber output of the last several years while also complimenting Cave/Harvey/Howard’s more chaotic ventures in The Birthday Party. We’re expanding our palette here and will continue to do so for our multiple releases planned for 2020.
The EP, titled The Cold Light of Despair, comes out November 8 via Disorder Recordings (pre-order). Stay tuned for the band’s planned 2020 releases. Check out the EP tracklist and stream the Nick Cave cover below.
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2. Spirits Descend
3. Slow Refrain
4. When the Sun Hits (Slowdive cover)
5. Push the Sky Away (Nick Cave cover)
6. Something in the Way (Nirvana cover)