This is the fifth 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 (and have been) posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
To kick off the second half of the series, we have a shitkicking punk/hardcore/thrash quintet covering the most shitkicking song on Nevermind. Founded in 2005, Eztorbo (formerly known as Eztorbo Social) takes “Breed” head on, speeding it up by a fraction while otherwise staying true to the raunchy riffed, drum-rolling, mosh-pit-a-making original. To learn more about Eztorbo (whose name means “nuisance” in Spanish), check out the band’s Facebook page. You can also catch them live at the Chum Bucket, one of the venues featured in our ongoing Miami DIY series, on Friday, Sept. 30.
Next up we’ve got “Drain You” covered by the Racketeering Vultures, a two-man offshoot of Livid Records legends (self-proclaimed) The Shrubs. Chuck Livid, the head honcho of the record label, which also features Bulletproof Tiger and Furious Dudes on its roster, calls the rendition “probably the weirdest cover of any Nirvana song ever.” Considering singer Richard Buznego sounds like he hails from beyond the red curtains of the Black Lodge, we’re inclined to agree. But that is more than OK. The original “Drain You” is an exceedingly strange ditty: “It is now my duty to completely drain you./ I travel through a tube/ And end up in your infection.” It is also catchy as hell, and so is the Racketeering Vultures’ version. Give it a listen and prepare for more RV in your future. The duo is recording a 30+-track album next month. This is their first release.
Previous Nevermind Miami Posts
1. “Nevermind Miami: Smells Like Teen Spirit” featuring Baby B Strings
2. “Nevermind Miami: Lithium and Polly” featuring PLAINS and Pocket of Lollipops
3. “Nevermind Miami: Territorial Pissings, Something In The Way” featuring Rachel Goodrich and Guy Harvey
4. “Nevermind Miami: Lounge Act, Come As You Are” featuring Animal Tropical and Ice Cream
To keep up with Nevermind Miami throughout September, visit beachedmiami.com/nevermind-miami.