June 14, 2016 — “Black Metallic” as covered by Everything Fades

photo by Courtney Chavanell

Everything Fades

If you only listen to one cover song tonight, make it “Black Metallic” as covered by Everything Fades (2016, from the compilation/tribute album Strange Fruits, Catherine Wheel Tribute).

Everything Fades is a shoegaze/dream pop/psychedelic trio from Austin. They formed in 2014, and they released a double EP called Here’s To A New Tomorrow/Moving Mountains in April of 2016. I know nothing about this band, but they appeared on this tribute album to Catherine Wheel, and I love their contribution.

The brilliant folks at The Blog That Celebrates Itself have done it again. They keep cranking out these really amazing compilation tribute albums to great indie/shoegaze/dream pop bands of the 1980s and 1990s. The list of these tributes is getting really long, and most of them are brilliant. This year alone, they’ve released A tribute to Echo & The Bunnymen in January, a tribute to Chapterhouse in March, a tribute to Boo Radleys in April, a tribute to Galaxie 500 in early May, and a tribute to The House of Love in late May. Today, they announced this tribute to The Catherine Wheel.

The Catherine Wheel was an important shoegaze band, but one that wasn’t celebrated as widely or as enthusiastically as the others. And when they faded away in the late 1990s, they were largely forgotten. Tonight’s song originally appeared on the first Catherine Wheel album, Ferment (1992), and it’s arguably their best and most well-known song. I wrote about it years ago here.

Tonight’s cover version is a little more distant and a little dreamier than the original. It’s a bit faster and a considerable bit shorter than the original. I really love it.

“Black Metallic” as covered by Everything Fades

The middle eight bit is louder here than on the original album version, and it’s a bit shorter. When the chorus comes in after that loud bit, it’s also different here to what’s on the original album version. It’s not quite as quiet here, and it’s not as drawn out. I really really love the original, and I think this is an excellent cover with only a slight bit of reimagination.

And since we’re talking about it, I urge you all to revisit the video of that time Catherine Wheel stopped by the MTV studios to perform this song live. It’s longer, bigger, heavier and sexier than the album version. Seriously. Do it:

You can buy an enhanced reissue of Ferment via Amazon here.

You can buy the Catherine Wheel tribute compilation via Bandcamp by naming your price here.

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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