Chrome Waves, "Something in the Way" (Disorder Recordings)
Nirvana frontman and reluctant alt-rock superstar Kurt Cobain died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on this date in 1994. He wrote a lot of great songs that moved millions of people very deeply. One of them is Jeff Wilson of the Indianapolis post-black-metal band Chrome Waves. To show his appreciation for Cobain, he and his group have covered "Something in the Way," the lusciously lugubrious final song off of Nirvana's Nevermind.
Chrome Waves' version is implacably bleak and solemn. Guest cellist Kakophonix (of Hvile I Kaos) darkens the mood significantly, sending chills down the spines of anyone who's ever cared about Cobain and/or his music. Nirvana's original certainly was no party jam, but Chrome Waves translate "Something in the Way"'s sonorous wistfulness into an inconsolable downer that feels so right(eous). I bet Kurt would approve—or at least not loathe it.
In a press release, Chrome Waves' Jeff Wilson explains why they covered "Something in the Way":
I've always paid extra attention to last songs on a record. An album has always been like a picture of a time in my life: the struggles, the stress, the accomplishments, my surroundings of that month or year, or what have you, and how I can take those and express it in a chord, a melody... Making records more-or-less has been my whole life, that last song is that last gasping breath before you sort of break free from the cocoon into the next scene. "Something In The Way" was that final statement on Nevermind and it felt natural that this would be the song we would choose to cover by the band. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kurt's passing, I hope we've done the band justice in commemorating their musical contributions, for they were the reason I initially picked up a guitar and I wouldn't be writing this without them.