Hear Mantar’s Gnarly Cover of Sonic Youth’s “100%”

photo by Christoph Eisenmenger

For several years, German duo Mantar have been making their name with sleazy, destructive post-metal. But as teenagers back in post-Cold-War-era Germany, “uncool” Nineties alt-rock was their salvation. So they decided to pay homage to that time with their upcoming covers album, Grungetown Hooligans II, which includes this gnarly, dark take on Sonic Youth’s “100%” Blast it below.

The DIY, raw VHS-style video — directed by the band and Matthis Van Der Meulen — features two-and-a-half minutes’ worth of (you guessed it) skateboard footage (and a lot of failed kick flips).

“‘100%’ was the first song I’ve ever heard from Sonic Youth,” says singer-guitarist Hanno Klänhardt. “Probably on some old mixtape I got from Erinc. The song just rocks, is short and spot on. Perfect Rock ‘n Roll. It still gives me the chills and was the perfect gateway drug for all the wonderful music this exceptional band had to offer. Obviously our video is a homage to the original video and therefore a big bonus for us skateboard pros.”

The track also appears on a new compilation put together by Brutal Panda Records to raise money for Campaign Zero, an organization working to end police violence in America. The compilation can be purchased here as a pay-what-you-want download with all proceeds going to the organization. In addition, the label will match all donations through the end of June.

Grungetown Hooligans II will be released via Brutal Panda on June 26th and is available for pre-order at this here. Check out the full track list below.

Grungetown Hooligans II track list:
L7 – The Bomb
The Jesus Lizard – Puss
Sonic Youth – 100%
Mazzy Star – Ghost Highway
L7 – Can I Run
Babes In Toyland – Bruise Violet
Mudhoney – Who You Drivin´ Now
7 Year Bitch – Knot