We’re big supporters of the O’Keefe Music Foundation, which helps kids grow up with music and music education in their lives. Every time their students make a metal cover video — say, an 8-year-old girl crushing Sepultura’s “Roots Bloody Roots,” or a 6-year-old boy kicking ass on Korn’s “Here to Stay” — we’re reminded that the children are our future, and they have good taste. Now, the O’Keefe crew have released a video of a 9-year-old fronting a cover of Slipknot’s “Wait and Bleed,” and man, it gets you right in the feels, and maybe also the sternum..
As you’ll see in the video below, singer Chase Beckham takes his vocals to perhaps a slightly more joyously place than Corey Taylor does on the original, but you can hear that his heart is in it. Meanwhile, the majority of the video is a gang of O’Keefe maggots destroying a suburban neighborhood under the command of a Taylor lookalike. We wish we’d taken part in something this cool when we were only 9.
“Six years ago, the students at OMF were inspired by Slipknot’s ‘Duality’ video and decided that they would record the song and film it…house destruction and all!” explain the foundation. “They then followed that up with ‘The Devil in I,’ ‘Before I Forget’ and now this [which was filmed] in 2020. But after flipping a car over and setting it on fire, using a 50-foot tree as a battering ram, tearing off a garage door with a truck and having far too many conversations with the local police, this is it. The last OMF house destruction video!”
Here’s the video’s line-up, along with their ages:
Vocals – Chase Beckham (9)
Piano – Willa H. (10)
Lead guitar – Seb Braganza (12)
Rhythm guitar – Connor Meintel (15)
Drums – Brian McConnell (17)
Bass – Fritz Dannemiller (17)
Check out the O’Keefe Foundation’s cover of “Wait and Bleed” below:
Words by Chris Krovatin