Indie/rock musician/songwriter Kevin Devine wears many hats, having performed as a solo artist and as a part of various projects over the years, earning a strong fan base and the respect of his peers along the way.
He’s also a massive fan of Nirvana, having cited the band among his personal influences in the past. Back in 2011, Devine paid homage to Nevermind for the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s groundbreaking, industry-changing, landmark album that still sounds as fresh now, 28 years later, as it did when it first came out.
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Onsale now, for the first time on vinyl, limited to 500 copies: our 2011 20th anniversary full-album cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind (art by @chrisbracco). There’s also a new 10th anniversary pressing of Brother’s Blood available. Link in bio & accompanying story – thank you!
Today, Nov. 22, 2019, the cover version from Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band made its way to streaming services. Previously, it was a free download on Devine’s website, but now it’s up for everybody to enjoy on whichever platform they prefer.
And man, is this an inspired effort. Full-album covers can be hit or miss, and covering songs from Nirvana — let alone from this album, which can be considered a bit “overexposed” in years since its release — can also be underwhelming. But this version of Nevermind from Devine and his band crackles and buzzes with the same frenetic energy of the real thing, the guitars sweeping — and maybe even LOUDER, somehow — giving each song a crushing weight that points to the dynamism at work by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl in the studio.
It’s an exhilarating listen. Do so below, via Spotify:
And here’s Kevin Devine’s story about covering the album and what it means to him, personally:
“It’s basically impossible for me to talk about Nevermind objectively.
I recognize its canonical place as a cultural artifact, and that there is nothing unique about being one of the tens of millions of people for whom that album was literally life-changing.
That doesn’t make it any less true.
I played it for my parents, and I play it for my daughter.
It’s unquestionably the most important music I’ve ever heard.
It engaged and clarified murky looming interior early adolescent messinesses, introduced me to entire aesthetics and subcultures and sociopolitical sensibilities and non-traditional iterations of masculinity to which I am indebted to this day, encouraged me to write songs and yell and sing and play guitar and worry less about expertise and more about expression, and helped define whole friendships, installing in us a language we still speak fluently.
It was keys and a map and a flashlight and a scalpel.
It made things seem possible. It was a magic trick, a ubiquity that felt like an insurrection, something that was everyone’s and yours, too.
We recorded this because we wouldn’t have done any of what we’ve done – or even known each other – without this record.
It felt like a fitting tribute to its spirit to knock it out in a basement over a weekend. That’s how I learned it in the first place, 27 years ago.
We hope you have as much fun as we did.
Thank you as always.”