Big Hush premiere their cover of Nirvana’s ‘Sifting’ via NPR Music + STORE LIST

April 14, 2016


(photo by Travis Bozeman)

Washington, DC quartet Big Hush premiere today their cover of Nirvana‘s 1988 classic, ‘Sifting’, via NPR Music:

Comprised of Emma Baker, Owen Wuerker, Genevieve Ludwig and Chris Taylor, Big Hush trade in their usual blissed-out shoegaze fuzz for a slightly more subtle approach to the sludgey classic. Bassist Chris Taylor (also a member of Pygmy Lush) elaborates:

“I wrote the skeleton on each of pygmylush’s [Nirvana cover] songs and this big hush song, brought them in and let the ensemble of both bands color it how they saw fit. I always approach Nirvana covers as a re-write, I’m not that talented as a player so I always try to dumb them down a bit so I can play and sing them at the same time, what happens after that is a by product of the amazingly talented musicians I keep company with.

Every member of big hush is a songbird, they can all sing incredibly well, and immediately have a catalog of harmonies to choose from, Genevieve and Emma make the scale and dynamic grand, Owen can play literally every instrument very well, and in fact he rewrote the basic riff I gave him to give it texture, on this recording he plays every instrument, organ, acoustic, bass, shaker, tambourine, and we recorded this version in one day.

Sifting was an interesting song to approach this way, it’s basically a kinda metal Melvins kinda thing, so we pretty much followed the structure and not the notes, and just tried to make it dreamy.”

The resulting cover mirrors a recent Washington Post live review of Big Hush, describing the band as such:

“Big Hush’s principal affinities with dream-pop [are] the blurry quality of its vocals and the way its steel-wool guitars scrubbed the other elements… While Big Hush is still defining its style, it’s already moved beyond predictable genre tags.”

Completing a trifecta of tributes to Nirvana‘s studio albums by Robotic Empire, on this third full-LP homage, “Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach”, Big Hush‘s cover joins a diverse array of others from the likes of Basement, Beach Slang, Circa Survive, Daughters, Defeater, The Fall of Troy, Mean Jeans, Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, The Saddest Landscape, This Will Destroy You, Thou and Young Widows.

“Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach” is available on vinyl and digitally this Saturday, April 16th. The vinyl is arriving now at stores for Record Store Day, and the digital release is also available for pre-order with tracks by Big Hush, Basement, Circa Survive and This Will Destroy You unlocked within for immediate download:

* iTunes
* Bandcamp
* Amazon
* Google Play

Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and other streaming services will become available as of release day.

A comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of US stores carrying the Record Store Day vinyl release is as follows:

11th Street Records
1709 Records
Academy Record Annex
Alliance Entertainment
Amoeba – Berkeley
Amoeba – Hollywood
Amoeba – San Francisco
Angelos – Main
Attic Record Store Inc.
Aux 33 Tours
Bionic – Cypress
Black Dots
Blind Spot
Boo Boo – San Luis
Boutique Music Fear Satan
Bric-A-Brac Records
Buch Spieler Records
Bull City Records
Bullmoose Central
Cactus – Houston
CD Central
Celebrated Summer Records
Criminal Records
Crooked Beat
Culture Clash / Boogie
Darkside Records & Gallery
Dearborn Music
Diabolical Records
Dodo Beach Gmbh
Double Decker
Down In The Valley
Dynamite Records
Easy Street
Eclipse – St. Paul
Econo Jam Records
Electric Fetus
Electric Kitsch
End Of An Ear
Euclid – New Orleans
Everyday Music
Exclusive Company
Extreme Noise Records
Fabulous Jackpot
Factory Records
Flat, Black & Circular
Folk Arts Rare Records
Fond Object Records
Garageland Records
Ghost Of Eastside
Going Underground
Goner Records
Good Records
Grimey’S Preloved Music
Guest Room – Ok City
Guest Room Records
Guest Room Records Louisville
Hear Again
High Fidelity
Hitt Records
Holy Mountain Records – Tulsa
House Of Records
Hybrid Moments
In Living Stereo
In The Moment
Independent Records
Indy CD & Vinyl
Irvington Vinyl
Joint Custody
Josey Records KC
Keene On Vinyl
Kismet – St. Louis
Lakeshore Record Exchange
Landlocked Music
Last Record Store
Listen Records & CDs
Long In The Tooth
Lost Weekend – Ohio
Luna Music
M-Theory Music
Mad World Records
Magnolia Thunderpussy
Melodiya Records
Mills Record Company
Mind Cure Records
Mobius Records – Fairfax
Mojo – Tampa
Moldy Toes Records
Monster Music
Music Millennium
My Mind’s Eye
Newbury Comics
Omega Music
Orange Records
Park Ave Cds
Permanent Records – Chicago
Permanent Records – Highland Park
Plan 9
Planet Score Records
Pop Culture
Pork Records
Port Of Sound
Princeton Record Exchange
Pure Pop
Radioactive Records
Reckless Records – Broadway
Record Exchange – Boise
Record Room Az
Record Theatre
Red Cat Records
Red Yeti Records
Redscroll Records
Reggies Records
Repo – Philadelphia
Retrofit Records
Reverberation Vinyl
Rhythm Method
Rotate This!
Rough Trade NYC
Schoolkids – Chapel Hill
Schoolkids – Durham
Schoolkids – Raleigh
Seasick Records AL
Second Avenue
Sig’s Lagoon
Silver Platters
Singles Going Steady
Six Forty One Rpm
Smash DC
Som Records
Sonic Boom – Toronto
Sonic Boom 2 – Ballard
Sorry State Records
Sound Cat Records
Sound Exchange – Houston
Soundgarden – Baltimore
Soundgarden – Syracuse
Spin Cycle
Spin Records – Carlsbad
Square Records
Steady Sounds
Street Corner Music
Streetlight- Santa Cruz
Streetlight- SJ
Strictly Discs
Sub Pop
Sweat Records
The Business
The Groove
Touch Vinyl
Treehouse Records
Trust Fall Records & Coffee
Twist & Shout
Underground Sounds
Urp Music Distributors
Used Kids
Vertical House
Village Green
Vinal Edge
Vintage Vinyl – Fords
Vinyl Countdown – Charleston
Vinyl Groove
Vinyl Rescue Project
Voltage Records
Waiting Room
Wax Trax – Denver
Wooden Tooth Records
Young Ones
Zion’s Gate Records

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