Inter Arma — known for their alchemical mix of doom, death metal, post-rock and beyond — are gearing to release their wide-ranging covers album Garbers Day Revisited on July 10th via Relapse Records. The LP finds the adventurous heavy-music band putting their spin on iconic songs by everyone from Nine Inch Nails and Ministry to the Cro-Mags and Neil Young. But the most surprisingly inclusion has to be that of Prince’s Eighties smash “Purple Rain,” which the Richmond, Virginia, group has bravely — and by their own admission, perhaps unwisely — taken on.
“This was never meant to be heard publicly,” the band said in a joint statement. “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.”
Inter Arma’s last album of originals, 2019’s Sulpher English, is out now.