The Skinny: Washington, DC quartet Big Hush have premiered their cover of Nirvana’s 1988 classic, “Sifting” – stream it above via Bandcamp. 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 track is found on Robotic Empire’s third tribute to Nirvana’s legendary studio albums. Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach completes a trifecta, with the classic debut album Bleach covered in full by 13 diverse artists (including Basement, Beach Slang, Big Hush, 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) and set for release on Saturday, April 16th (Record Store Day) on both vinyl, and digitally.
Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach Full Track Listing:
01. Defeater – Blew
02. Thou – Floyd the Barber
03. Beach Slang – About a Girl
04. Basement – School
05. Circa Survive – Love Buzz
06. This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts
07. Young Widows – Negative Creep
08. Mean Jeans – Scoff
09. Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet
10. The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache
11. Big Hush – Sifting
12. Daughters – Big Cheese
13. The Saddest Landscape – Downer