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This Will Destroy You stream cover of Nirvana’s “Paper Cuts” via Pitchfork


Texas post-rock band This Will Destroy You premiere their cover of Nirvana’s “Paper Cuts” today via Pitchfork:


The quartet, comprised of Jeremy Galindo, Chris King, Donovan Jones and Alex Bhore, enlisted the additional vocal talents of Kate Fisher and Lily Taylor to create a haunting, expanded rendition of the “Bleach”-era classic.

On their approach to reenvisioning the song, TWDY comments,

“The framework for “Paper Cuts” was a welcomed challenge to work on as the track is already doomy and repetive. Going slow and low seemed to be the way to put our own stamp on the cover while maintaining the rawness and intensity of the original.”

The cover is part of Robotic Empire’s third Nirvana tribute LP, completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary grunge band’s studio albums. “Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach” is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day, akin to predecessors “Whatever Nevermind” (2015) and “In Utero: In Tribute” (2014).

“Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach” will be available on both vinyl and digitally come Saturday, April 16th. The physical release is en route to stores for Record Store Day, and the digital release is available for pre-order now:

* iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/doused-in-mud-soaked-in-bleach/id1094499175
* Bandcamphttps://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/various-artists-doused-in-mud-soaked-in-bleach
* Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D97TA56
* Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bpxmkzcu3owbpagrliipxyzdk54

Digital pre-orders (aside from Google Play) include immediate downloads of the This Will Destroy You track, along with previously streamed covers from Basement and Circa Survive, premiering over the last few weeks via The AV Club and Alternative Press respectively:


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BASEMENT unveil their tribute to NIRVANA’s “School”

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English rock band Basement unveil their tribute to Nirvana‘s “Bleach”-era classic, ‘School’ via The AV Club:


Utilizing their renown sound of heavy yet melodic hardcore/alternative rock, Basement opts for a somewhat traditional rendition of the frustrated anthem. On their approach to the song, vocalist Andrew Fisher elaborates:

“We picked ‘School’ because it’s really heavy and so simple but so good. It has two parts the whole way through. Just goes to show how dynamics can make a song interesting. Whenever we play it I wish we wrote it because it’s that good.

We flirted with the idea of trying to make it ‘our own’ and change it, but because the song is so simple everything we came up with sounded forced and wrong. Instead we thought we’d try our best to do the song justice and so recorded it live and tried to keep it as true to the original as possible. I think it came out pretty cool”

The track is found on Robotic Empire’s third tribute to Nirvana‘s legendary studio albums. “Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach” completes a trifecta, with the classic debut album “Bleach” covered in full by 13 diverse artists (including Basement, Beach Slang, Big Hush, Circa Survive, Daughters, Defeater, The Fall of Troy, Mean Jeans, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, The Saddest Landscape, This Will Destroy You, Thou and Young Widows) and set for release on Saturday, April 16th (Record Store Day) on both vinyl, and digitally.

Digital pre-orders of the album are up now, with “School” available immediately:


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Robotic Empire completes Nirvana tribute trifecta with “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”


We are extremely stoked to announce our third Nirvana tribute LP, “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach”, completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary band’s official studio albums.

The Hall of Famer’s debut LP “Bleach” is covered in full, start to finish, by a diverse range of independent/alternative artists including Basement, Beach Slang, Big Hush, Circa Survive, Daughters, Defeater, The Fall of Troy, Mean Jeans, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, The Saddest Landscape, This Will Destroy You, Thou and Young Widows.

Appropriately reflecting Nirvana‘s rawest studio album alongside a full-circle nod to our root genres, this is arguably the darkest, heaviest release in the tribute series. A tasteful re-envision of these classic songs sees all 13 “Bleach” tracks run through the bands’ creative engines, putting an intense new perspective on these 25+ year old songs.

Today, Circa Survive premiers their cover of ‘Love Buzz’, originally written/performed by Shocking Blue but made infamous by Nirvana. Alternative Press is streaming the song now along with a brief Q&A with the band:


On their method of covering a cover, Brendan Ekstrom from Circa Survive says:

“It’s hard to explain but in my mind ‘Love Buzz’ is a Nirvana song. It’s one of the first songs that I obsessed over when I was 14 years old and was learning to play guitar. At the time, I thought Nirvana wrote it. It just fit so well with the rest of the record…. I didn’t need to listen to the originals when the band who was making me believe in music had their own amazing version for me to listen to.”

Circa Survive is one of three reoccurring bands who’ve contributed to all of the Nirvana tribute LPs Robotic Empire’s issued, including 2015’s “Whatever Nevermind” and 2014’s “In Utero: In Tribute”. Like both previous tributes, the vinyl edition of “Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” is being released in conjunction with Record Store Day, occurring on Saturday, April 16th this year.

The Record Store Day edition exclusive metallic-silver vinyl color and includes a bonus oversized poster, with standard editions (sans poster) to follow RSD via our Online Store. All copies include a high-quality digital download of the full release.

The album will also be released digitally across all major platforms on Saturday, April 16th, with iTunes and Bandcamp pre-orders live now, including an immediate download of the Circa Survive cover for pre-orderers:



“Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach” Full Track Listing:

Defeater – Blew

Thou – Floyd the Barber

Beach Slang – About a Girl

Basement – School

Circa Survive – Love Buzz

This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts

Young Widows – Negative Creep

Mean Jeans – Scoff

Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet

The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache

Big Hush – Sifting

Daughters – Big Cheese

The Saddest Landscape – Downer

Nothing unveil music video for Nirvana cover, ‘Something in the Way’


Philadelphia’s Nothing have released a stunning music video for ‘Something in the Way’, their Nirvana cover released in April on Robotic Empire’s “Whatever Nevermind” tribute album.

Stereogum premiered the video, stating that Nothing‘s rendition “does heighten the melancholic lyrics by including a plodding piano in its inaugural moments. Kevin Haus directed the accompanying video, which navigates a fragmented narrative about a woman in search of something.”

The feature launched earlier today, including coverage of the (NSFW) music video:
Of note is Kevin Haus’ dedicated, self-funded approach that he undertook of his own accord. The director also posted the video direct to his YouTube channel:
“Whatever Nevermind” sees Nirvana‘s breakout “Nevermind” album covered in full. Alongside Nothing, the tribute album sees Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Kylesa, La Dispute, Pygmy Lush, Thou, Torche, Touche Amore, White Reaper, Wrong and Young Widows running the classic songs through their diverse creative filters.
The vinyl edition quickly sold out, although the release remains available digitally:

“Whatever Nevermind” is out today, mailorder vinyl now available + full album stream


Our second tribute to Nirvana, titled Whatever Nevermind, is out today. This album sees Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Kylesa, La Dispute, Nothing, Pygmy Lush, Thou, Torche, Touche Amore, White Reaper, Wrong and Young Widows running the classic Nevermind album through their diverse creative filters, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

The vinyl is released today to coincide with Record Store Day 2015, but for all those who weren’t able or close enough to a participating store to attend, we have a mailorder-edition of this release available now in our Online Store:

* Order Whatever Nevermind on opaque blue colored vinyl here

In addition to the tribute album, we’ve stocked as many of the contributing bands’ (and related outfits) available releases that we were able to get copies of. Along with many other great new titles and restocks, over a hundred items have been added to our Online Store. Here is the full list:

* A Life Once Lost – Ecstatic Trance – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Abyss – Heretical Anatomy 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Aeges – Above & Down Below – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Amenra – Mass I 12″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra – Mass II 12″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra / Eleanora – Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Amenra / Madensuyu – Split – PICTURE DISC VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $14.99
* Amenra / Treha Sektori – Split – CLEAR COLORED VINYL 10″ (Consouling Sounds) $12.99
* Anne – Dream Punx 12″ (A389) $14.99
* Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* Aun / Habsyll – Split – GOLD COLORED VINYL 12″ (Conspiracy) $12.99
* Barghest – The Virtuous Purge 12″ (Gilead Media) $9.99
* Baroness – Live At Maida Vale BBC – GOLD COLORED VINYL 12″ (Relapse) $10.99
* Baroness – Red Album 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Yellow & Green 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Bastard Sapling – Instinct Is Forever 2×12″ (Gilead Media) $16.99
* Blacklisted – When People Grow, People Go – WHITE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Body, The / Sandworm – Split 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $11.99
* Cannabis Corpse – From Wisdom to Baked 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Capsule – Blue 12″+CD – DEEP BLUE VINYL (Robotic Empire) $12.99
* Cauldron Black Ram – Stalagmire – COLORED VINYL 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs – YELLOW BLACK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Sargent House) $10.99
* Coalesce – Give Them Rope 2×12″ (No Sleep) $19.99
* Code Orange Kids – I Am King 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Cold World – How The Gods Chill 12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Coliseum – Black Magic Punks 12″+DVD (Self Released) $11.99
* Coliseum – Deluxe Reissue – CLEAR WITH BLACK SMOKED COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Coliseum – Goddamage 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Coliseum – Parasites 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Constants – Pasiflora 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Dead In The Manger – Cessation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Dead In The Manger – Transience – COLORED VINYL 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Dust Moth – Dragon Mouth – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Corridors to Infinity 2xCD (Zoharum) $19.99
* Expo 70 – Filer a’ l’anglaise CD (Sonic Meditations) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Frozen Living Elements CD (Zoharum) $9.99
* Expo 70 – Journey Through Astral Projection CD (Immune) $9.99
* Expo 70 – July 18 2004 12″ (Sonic Meditations) $16.99
* Expo 70 – July 18 2004 Cassette (Sonic Meditations) $6.99
* Expo 70 – Virtually from the Unknown CD (Essence) $9.99
* Floor – Homegoings And Transitions Shadowline 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Floor – Oblation – COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Season Of Mist) $19.99
* Forseen – Helsinki Savagery 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Gifts From Enola – A Healthy Fear – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque Tenebras Veneramus 2×10″ (Consouling Sounds) $23.99
* Harms Way – Rust – GINGER ALE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Heiress – Of Great Sorrow – SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Hells – Demo Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Holy Sons – The Fact Facer 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $13.99
* Into It Over It – Proper 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Into It Over It / Koji – Split 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Jakob – Sines – ORANGE RED COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $18.99
* Jessica 93 – Rise 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Junius / Rosetta – Split 12″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Knut – Wonder 12″ (Conspiracy) $12.99
* Kongh – Shadows Of The Shapeless 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Kylesa – From the Vaults: Volume 1 – CLEAR SPLATTER COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Season Of Mist) $19.99
* Kylesa – Ultraviolet 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Liturgy – Renihilation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $14.99
* Loma Prieta – I.V. 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Mammoth Grinder – Underworlds 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Minot – Equal / Opposite – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (The Mylene Sheath) $9.99
* Monarch – Omens 12″ – BLACK VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Mournful Congregation – Concrescence Of The Sophia 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Obsequiae – Suspended In The Brume Of Eos 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Occultation – Silence In The Ancestral House 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (A) 12″ (Sige) $15.99
* Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (B) 12″ (Sige) $15.99
* Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Pallbearer – 2010 Demo 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Pallbearer – Sorrow And Extinction 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* Phoenix Bodies / La Quiete – Split 5″ (Holidays) $9.99
* Piglet – Lava Land, Mad Science Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Plankton Wat – Drifter’s Temple 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Plankton Wat – Spirits 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Polyon – Self Titled Cassette (Polyon) $4.99
* Pulse Emitter / Date Palms / Expo 70 / Faceplant – 4 way split 2×12″ (Immune) $19.99
* Punch – They Don’t Have To Believe – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Rhyton – Kykeon 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Rhyton – The Emerald Tablet 12″ (Three Lobed) $13.99
* Rosetta – The Anaesthete 2×12″ (War Crime) $19.99
* Samothrace – Life’s Trade 2×12″ (20 Buck Spin) $19.99
* The Casket Lottery – Real Fear 12″ (No Sleep) $10.99
* Thou / The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated – CLEAR GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Thou / The Body – You, Whom I Have Always Hated 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $9.99
* Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Transistor Transistor – Ruined Lives Cassette (Like Young) $2.99
* Trap Them – Blissf**ker – 180 GRAM VINYL 12″ (Prosthetic) $10.99
* Vanessa Van Basten – Psygnosis CD (Consouling Sounds) $9.99
* Vanhelgd – Relics Of Sulphur Salvation 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Various Artists – Whatever Nevermind – MAILORDER VERSION BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″+7″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Vasaeleth – All Uproarious Darkness 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Vasaeleth – Crypt Born & Tethered To Ruin 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Vastum – Patricidal Lust 12″ (20 Buck Spin) $9.99
* Weedeater – God Luck and Good Speed – RED BROWN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Weedeater – Jason the Dragon – BLUE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Weedeater – Sixteen Tons – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (Season Of Mist) $9.99
* Whirr – Around – TRI COLORED VINYL 12″ (Graveface) $10.99
* Whirr – Part Time Punks 7″ (Run For Cover) $5.99
* Whirr – Sway – YELLOW COLORED VINYL 12″ (Graveface) $10.99
* Whirr / Nothing – Split 12″+DVD (Run For Cover) $13.99
* White Reaper – Self Titled – PINK COLORED VINYL 12″ (Polyvinyl) $11.99
* Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate 12″ – WHITE BLUE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $21.99
* Year Of No Light / Altar Of Plagues – Split 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Year Of No Light / Bagarre Generale – Split – ORANGE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Music Fear Satan) $11.99
* Young And In The Way – When Life Comes To Death 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $10.99
* Young Widows – Easy Pain 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99
* Young Widows – Old Wounds 12″ (Temporary Residence) $10.99

All of these and much more can be found in the Robotic Empire – Online Store.

The Whatever Nevermind album is now available digitally as well, from iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play and more. The full release is also streaming courtesy of Noisey:

Thank you.

LA DISPUTE’s version of ‘Polly’ streaming now with an interview at the All Music site

La DisputeRoughly a year ago La Dispute recorded a tribute to Nirvana‘s ‘Polly’ at a live show in Seattle, capturing the aesthetic of the originators run through the filters of La Dispute‘s creative engines. The A/V Club showcased the angular version of the classic track and we felt this rendition wonderfully fit the vision we have for our Nirvana tribute series.

On the cusp of releasing Whatever Nevermind alongside Record Store Day 2015, the venerable All Music site has penned an excellent spotlight on La Dispute‘s contribution, which gives a great insight into the far-reaching influence of Nirvana and why La Dispute chose to cover ‘Polly’:


From the feature, La Dispute bassist Adam Vass explains how they approached the cover:

“It’s hard, you don’t want to remove it so far from the source material to where it isn’t identifiable anymore, but at the same time if we were to just have played it the way it was on the record, it wouldn’t have been as good as the original version, and it would have felt wrong, like we were abusing the opportunity. I like to think that we found happy ground in between those two extremes, and we changed it a little bit, but just enough to make it something special for us but still stay true to the original track.”

The A/V’ Club‘s original feature includes a short documentary on the musicians and cover song, which can also be found here:


Whatever Nevermind is being released on vinyl and digitally this Saturday, April 18th.

Digital pre-orders are live now with ‘Polly’ available as an immediate download (alongside Circa Survive‘s cover of ‘Drain You’ and Nothing‘s tribute to ‘Something In The Way’):



NOTHING’s tribute to NIRVANA’s “Something In The Way” now streaming

nothing-somethingWEB3Philly noise quartet NOTHING unveil their tribute to NIRVANA‘s “Something In The Way” via Noisey/Vice:


Instead of their trademark whitewash of guitar layers, NOTHING opts for a starker approach to the somber classic, with piano and vibrant vocals up front in Will Yip’s beautiful mix.

The track is found on Robotic Empire’s Whatever Nevermind tribute to NIRVANA‘s breakout album, which sees Nevermind covered in full and set for release on April 18th (Record Store Day) on both vinyl, and digitally.

Digital pre-orders of the album are up now, with “Something In The Way” available immediately: