INXS’ classic song, ‘Never Tear Us Apart‘ is getting renewed attention thanks to Sunflower Dead.
Sunflower Dead premiered its take on the INXS classic Friday. The cover’s premiere comes almost a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Falling Down‘ and its companion lyric video. SFD’s take on the song is available to stream and download here.
Sunflower Dead’s take on the classic (which itself bears some musical and stylistic similarity to songs from The Rolling Stones) gives the song an interesting hard rock update. In this case, it bears more similarity to works from the likes of Saliva and other similar acts. The gritty sound of the vocals and infectious guitar solo pairs with the richness of the bass and drums
Front man Michael Del Pizzo talked about the band’s take on the song in a prepared statement.
“SFD really doesn’t like doing covers,” he said. “I guess we are too lazy to learn how others correctly play their songs which is funny because our new cover of INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart is our second cover in 4 albums. Go figure! We did The Police’s Every Breath You Take on our debut album and to this day it remains one of our most requested songs and it had no radio play, no video and no promotion. For us to do a cover we have to completely rewrite our way. To do that, we have to be inspired by some kind of killer idea (in our heads at least) in a direction to take the song. With ‘Never Tear Us Apart,’ we started talking about doing this back in 2014 because we just loved the song. The thing is though, it is a very romantic and major scale type of sound. So yeah, there was no way we were doing this unless it was completely redone.”
Added Del Pizzo of the song’s cover, “I heard it in my head a certain way and rewrote the song in a minor key with crushing guitars and accordion added in. Once I showed [guitarist] Jaboo the approach, he was on board and we tracked it and fell in love with our dirty, dark, sexy and heavy version of the track. Oh and instead of doing a sax solo on the bridge, we had Jaboo rip up a guitar solo that expands upon the original sax melody. Love the original and now are extra happy with our dark rewrite of such a classic song.”
In other news, Sunflower Dead has announced a new slate of live dates. Dubbed “The Black Pilled Tour,” the run is scheduled to launch Oct. 22 in Des Moines, IA and to run through Nov. 14 in Huntsville, AL. The tour’s schedule is noted below.
Oct/Nov Tour Dates:
“The Black Pilled Tour”
Sunflower Dead will be supporting Smile Empty Soul (also on the bill is Tommy Gibbons)
10/22 Des Moines IA, Lefty’s
10/23 Saint Joseph MO, Cafe Acoustic
10/27 Wichita KS, Barleycorns
10/28 Oklahoma City OK, Kendall’s Bar
10/30 Fort Worth TX, The Rail Club
11/1 Austin TX, Come and Take it Live
11/2 Shreveport LA, 516 Soundstage
11/3 New Orleans LA, Southport Hall
11/4 Tallahassee FL, The Warrior
11/5 Jacksonville FL, Archetype
11/6 Sanford FL, West End Trading Co
11/7 Tampa FL, The Brass Mug
11/10 West Palm Beach FL, Propaganda
11/11 Fort Myers FL, Buddha Night Club
11/12 Gainesville FL, Highdive
11/13 Savannah GA, The Wormhole
11/14 Huntsville AL, Sidetracks
SFD’s take on ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ is the third single from the band’s forthcoming album, March of the Leper, which is expected for release in early 2022. The band premiere the album’s lead single, ‘The Underneath‘ and its video in August.
March of the Leper will release on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.
March Of The Leper is available for pre-order and is available in 7 packages at this location: Pre-order
1. Signed CD
2. Signed Vinyl
3. Signed Limited Edition Cassette
4. Signed CD/T-Shirt Bundle
5. Signed Vinyl/T-shirt Bundle
6. Signed Cassette/T-Shirt Bundle
7. Everything Bundle
More information on Sunflower Dead’s new single, video, album and tour is available online now along with the band’s latest news at:
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