Hear Con Brio’s Soulful Transformation of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’

Hear Con Brio’s Soulful Transformation of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’

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:

May 05           The Fillmore                                                  San Francisco, CA
May 06           SLO Brewing Company                              San Luis Obispo, CA
May 11           Star Theater                                                   Portland, OR
May 12           Nectar Lounge                                               Seattle, WA
May 13           Top Hat                                                          Missoula, MT
May 16           The Moroccan                                               Los Angeles, CA
May 17           The Casbah                                                   San Diego, CA
May 18           SOHO                                                             Santa Barbara, CA
May 19           Joshua Tree Music Festival                           Joshua Tree, CA
May 24           Antone’s                                                         Austin, TX
May 25           Summer Camp Music Festival                      Chillicothe, IL
May 26           Juan de Fuca Festival                                    Port Angeles, WA
May 27           Lightning In A Bottle                                      Bradley, CA
Jun 01            Bonfire Block Party                                        Eagle, CO
Jun 03            Redwood Mountain Faire                             Felton, CA
Jun 09            Sun Drenched Music Festival                       Denver, CO
Jun 16            Live Oak Music Festival                                 Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 04              L’Astral                                                           Montréal, Canada
Jul 05              L’ANTI BAR & SPECTACLES                           Ville De Québec, Canada
Jul 14              Bospop                                                           Weert, Netherlands
Jul 14              North Sea Jazz Festival                                  Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jul 19              Groene Ster                                                   Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 22              Welcome To The Village Festival                  Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jul 26 – 29      Guitarfish Festival                                         Cisco Grove, CA
Aug 03 – 05    Arise Festival                                                Loveland, CO
Sep 15-16       Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival            Paso Robles, CA
Sep 23            Somona Harvest Music Festival                    Sonoma, CA

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