Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band have just announced the release of their full-album cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind. The album was originally recorded over a single weekend back in 2011, and has since been re-masted and is set for release tomorrow, November 22nd via Bad Timing Records.
Pre-orders are currently available here via Bad Timing Records, including special vinyl packaging by frequent collaborator Chris Bracco.
On covering Nevermind, Kevin Devine had this to say:
“It’s basically impossible for me to talk about Nevermind objectively.
I recognize its canonical place as a cultural artifact, and that there is nothing unique about being one of the tens of millions of people for whom that album was literally life-changing.
That doesn’t make it any less true.
I played it for my parents, and I play it for my daughter.
It’s unquestionably the most important music I’ve ever heard.
It engaged and clarified murky looming interior early adolescent messinesses, introduced me to entire aesthetics and subcultures and sociopolitical sensibilities and non-traditional iterations of masculinity to which I am indebted to this day, encouraged me to write songs and yell and sing and play guitar and worry less about expertise and more about expression, and helped define whole friendships, installing in us a language we still speak fluently.
It was keys and a map and a flashlight and a scalpel.
It made things seem possible. It was a magic trick, a ubiquity that felt like an insurrection, something that was everyone’s and yours, too.
We recorded this because we wouldn’t have done any of what we’ve done – or even known each other – without this record.
It felt like a fitting tribute to its spirit to knock it out in a basement over a weekend. That’s how I learned it in the first place, 27 years ago.
We hope you have as much fun as we did.
Thank you as always.”
Kevin Devine will be touring both solo and with his Goddman Band this winter, including playing his album Brother’s Blood (which has just been re-pressed for it’s 10th anniversary) in full. Check out all of his upcoming tour dates below.
11/22 – Anaheim, CA @ The Chain Reaction*
11/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar*
11/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
11/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Stuffing#
12/13 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^
12/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts^
12/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom [Sold Out]^
12/21 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^
01/31 – Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe%
02/01 – Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade%
02/02 – Manchester, UK @ Band On the Wall%
02/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso%
02/06 – Hamburg, DE @ Hebebuhne%
02/07 – Berlin, DE @ Silent Green%
02/08 – München, DE @ Heppel & Ettlich%
02/09 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kesselhaus%
02/10 – Cologne, DE @ Die Wohngemeinschaft%
02/11 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique%
- w/ The Get Up Kids
w/ Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove
^ Playing Brother’s Blood in full with The Goddamn Band
% A solo acoustic celebration of Brother’s Blood