Berklee Student-Run Label HRR to Release "Under the Influence" on Feb. 14
Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:53:09
Berklee's student-run label Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) will release its latest project, Under the Influence, on Feb. 14. The compilation – available on CD and via download – features Berklee students and alumni covering some of rock's biggest names, including R.E.M., Green Day, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and Smashing Pumpkins, and the seminal bands that influenced their sounds—Mission of Burma, Hüsker Dü, Joy Division, Gang of Four, the Pixies, and My Bloody Valentine. Those Berklee kids have taste, yo.
Listen to Under the Influence by going here. HRR's versions span rock, pop, folk/bluegrass, hip-hop, and metal.
The album features the following students, covering the artists in parentheticals: Julia Easterlin (Pixies, Radiohead), Da'Rayia (Gang of Four, Red Hot Chili Peppers), David Pramik featuring Johnny Duke (Joy Division, U2), the Boston Boys featuring Emily Elbert (Hüsker Dü, Green Day), the Berklee String Metal Ensemble (My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins), and Pinn Panelle (Mission of Burma, REM).
The project gave each HRR artist the opportunity to reinterpret songs by a pair of these classic bands, writing their own arrangements and instrumentations for the new versions. Although the artists are performing covers for this project, they are not cover bands. Each writes and performs original music in varied genres—with the exception of the Berklee String Metal Ensemble.
Are you going to check out Under the Influence?