HIRS | photo by Yoni Kroll for WXPN
HIRS teams up with Marissa Paternoster for covers of Garbage, Bjork and more
Philadelphia punk collective HIRS has used their pandemic downtime to put together a short and sick new EP interpreting some of their favorite songs, that released on Bandcamp late last week.
The album art on Covid CoversVol. 1 is modeled after Garbage’s 1995 self-titled debut — Shirley Manson from Garbage provided vocals on “Invisible” from HIRS’ 2019 album Friends. Lovers. Favorites.— and its first two songs bring Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster into the mix for vocals and licks on the b-side “Sleep” and the hit “Push It” from Version 2.0.
A punishing reinvention of Bjork’s “Army Of Me” follows, with gripping vocals by Esem; the set concludes on “Killbot Factory,” a song originally by Livonia, Michigan grindcore band Enkephalin, featuring vocalist Dr. Mace.
Listen to Covid Covers Vol. 1 below and grab a download at Bandcamp.