Richmonds Black Metallers Inter Arma, are set to release an album of covers titled Garbers Days Revisited due out July 10th via Relapse Records

Garbers Days Revisited, named after the band’s former practice space, shows off their wide array of influences, tackling covers by Nine Inch Nails, Prince, Cro-Mags, and more.  In celebration have shared the third track a cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’.

The band comments “This was never meant to be heard publicly. It was meant to be outrageous- to be played late at night while laughing and drinking beer with our friends. Because that’s what this is: Inter Arma covering the greatest pop song of the 1980s, and arguably of all time, by Prince, who HATED when people covered his music.” 

“The vocals were done in one take by the drummer and not pitch-corrected, because who else can sing like that? Prince. So we opted to stay honest and simple because we never thought that the general public would hear it. Once Relapse heard it there was a little bit of back and forth between the two camps and it was decided, reluctantly, to be included on the record.” 

“We hope everyone enjoys this and gets a little bit of a chuckle because I think we could all use that right about now. Stay safe, stay outrageous, BLM.”

Prince may have hated his music being covered but I think he may take exception to this. Think of it as hearing a live version of the track. The guitar solo is faithfully covered here and sounds just as epic as the original. In fact this shows just how great the original was. The strength of the song shines through and a laugh or not, Inter Arma have done a bloody good job.

Check it out, here

Garbers Days Revisited is due out July 10th on CD/LP/Digital. Physical packages are available for pre-order via Relapse.com HERE.

Listen to the previously released cover of Neil Young’s “Southern Man” on YouTube HERE and Nine Inch Nail’s “March of the Pigs” HERE.

“Hunter Thompson used to punch out pages of Ernest  Hemingway on his typewriter just to get the feeling of what it was like to write that way,” drummer T.J. Childers comments. “The same can be said for anyone learning a great cover song: there’s a lot to be deduced from the information there. Actually learning the songs can lead to inspirational, new musical ideas.”

Childers continues, “Covers have been an integral part of Inter Arma since the beginning of the band and some of these songs have a direct lineage while others are a little more… obscure. As timing would have it, we hope this provides a bit of an escape for listeners, given the surreal circumstances we’re in at the moment, because after all, great art should provide an escape which is part of why we chose to do this: sometimes you just wanna be runnin’ down a dream…”