Employed To Serve & Renounced members form Glorious, release EP with Type O Negative cover
Employed To Serve and Renounced are two of the best bands in the UK's current melodic metalcore scene, and members of both have come together to form Glorious, which they say was formed "to make music totally unlike their pre-existing bands [and] for the sole purpose of having fun and creating high energy music." Their debut EP Unashamed officially comes out next week (July 3), but it's streaming in full now, and this is indeed unlike their other bands, high-energy, and fun. It's more rooted in sneering, classic British punk, but they do it in a way that's crisp and modern and still fits right in with today's forward-thinking hardcore bands. And it seriously fucking rips.
The EP's got four originals and a cover of Type O Negative's "I Don't Wanna Be Me," which is already a fast-paced ripper, but Glorious turn it into something that's way rawer and more traditionally punk. It's a genuinely cool cover.
"Type O Negative are a very hard band to cover because they stand so far apart from everyone else — they had such an unmistakable sound that was so unique and impossible to imitate," guitarist Sammy Urwin told Revolver. "That being said, we wanted to pay homage to one of the greatest bands to ever exist. I always thought a more rough-around-the-edges version of 'I Don't Wanna Be Me' would be cool to hear, because when you strip it back to it's skeleton, it is a hardcore punk anthem. I feel like we have brought a nastier edge to this awesome song and hopefully have done it the justice it deserves."
Listen to the title track below, and hear the whole EP including the Type O cover at Revolver.
In related news, Employed To Serve/Glorious vocalist Justine Jones just spoke to Revolver about her love of Deftones' White Pony (which just turned 20 and is getting reissued with a remix album). Justine and Sammy also covered White Pony's "Elite" at Metal Injection's Slay At Home livestream festival with members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, END, and The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and Justine said, "['Elite'] is one of my favorite Deftones songs that I've always wanted to cover. The lyrics are perfect for social media culture right now — despite it being released in 2000! We kept it more or less the same because the song is perfect in my eyes." Watch video of that cover: