Since forming in 2013, San Francisco’s Con Brio have amassed a reputation for an incendiary, wildly entertaining live show well suited for their soulful, funky brand of music.
For the band’s new full-length album, Explorer, vocalist Ziek McCarter and the rest of the band opted for something slightly off the wall for its lead single. They covered Nirvana’s grunge classic “Heart-Shaped Box,” but in a way that totally transforms the song into its own composition — truly the mark of a good cover.
The track premiered at Billboard and can be streamed below:
McCarter explained the band’s decision to cover the song in context with the band’s collective admiration for their musical heroes:
“I really feel like we’ve honored the life of not just Kurt Cobain but also Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington,” he told Billboard. “Those were people I was listening to growing up. I loved ‘Black Hole Sun.’ I loved Chester Bennington; I loved his voice. And I feel like we have some of that same resilience they possessed in their performances, if not necessarily the same way.”
The band’s sophomore album, Explorer, will be released on July 6.
Catch Con Brio on the road: