Normally, Nirvana tributes are a waste of everyone’s time. Sorry, but no one wants to hear your half-assed attempt at paying homage to Kurt. (Let his hometown do that.) But when long-running hardcore/screamo label Robotic Empire announced that they had one in the works, well, that was a different story. With covers by bands like Ceremony, Pygmy Lush, Thursday, and Daughters, all of a sudden, Nirvana tributes seem interesting again.
Here are two of the best songs on it—Mean Jeans’ take on “Very Ape” and the infamous Jay Reatard cover of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”, one of Jay’s final recordings, now remastered. Listen to them below and check out the full tracklisting. You can pre-order it here or brave the Record Store Day crowds to pick up the maroon vinyl version on April 19.
1. Pygmy Lush - "Serve the Servants"
2. Circa Survive - "Scentless Apprentice"
3. These Arms Are Snakes - "Heart-Shaped Box"
4. Thursday - "Rape Me"
5. Jay Reatard - "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle"
6. Young Widows - "Dumb"
7. Mean Jeans - "Very Ape"
8. Thou - "Milk It"
9. Whirr - "Pennyroyal Tea"
10. Daughters - "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter"
11. Ceremony - "Tourette's"
12. Black Math Horseman - "All Apologies"