This is the fourth installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we have asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release. We will be posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
First up, we have Animal Tropical’s take on “Lounge Act”. Made up of Jose Castello (lead singer), Jarrett Hann (bass), Kris Pabon (guitar), and Jorge Rubiera (drums), Animal Tropical may well be the opposite of Nirvana, the cackle to its groan, the bongo to its floor tom, the dandyish bow to its destructive stage dive, the Miami to its Seattle. So anyone familiar with the band knows they’d never do the cover straight.
Built on a few chords and a relatively steady mood, “Lounge Act” is one of the simpler tracks on the frill-light Nevermind, but Animal Tropical turns it into a sonic journey that starts on a humid side street and ends up in the Gravitron by way of a smoky lounge and a skanking punk pit. (Trust me: You will have exactly this experience.) It’s a wild, deconstructed departure from the original that plays playfully on the song’s sarcastic title. Listen for yourself, and then check out Animal Tropical’s Facebook page to hear more of their music.
Next up, we’ve got the psych rock foursome Ice Cream, which recently toured with Animal Tropical behind “Just Between Us Girls”, the 10′ split the two bands released in late June. Ice Cream’s cover of “Come As You Are” shows singer Justin Anthony Rivers’ Jim-Morrison-meets-Ian-Curtis voice coming into its deep, dark, detached own (“blah blah blah blah blah blah”). Meanwhile, Band mates Tomas Kennedy (guitar), Alexander Lashley (bass), Joel Gutman (drums), and Roy Neil Hunter (MPC2000XL) lay down a slightly sped up backing with a theremin solo by Chris Dougnac thrown in to spooky effect.
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