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Khemmis does AIC

Posted Aug. 6, 2020, 7:23 p.m. in Records by Loren
Khemmis does AIC

photo by Loren Green

As part of Magnetic Eye Records' "Redux" Series, Khemmis have shared a cover of Alice In Chains' song "Down In A Hole," off of the 199s record Dirt.


"Down In A Hole" is one of 13 covers on the record overall, also including Thou, High Priest, - (16) - and more.


Ben Hutcherson (guitar/vocals) of Khemmis comments on their song choice:



I’ve loved this band since I discovered grunge and hard rock in my early teens. When we were presented with the opportunity to cover my favorite song from one of my favorite bands, I checked a pretty big item off of my bucket list. It’s an honor to take such a powerful piece of music and reimagine it through the creative lens of this band. We knew we wanted to stay true to parts of the song, particularly the chorus, but that we also needed to make it our own.


Alice In Chains has long been one of the most important bands in my life. Though they’re (understandably) associated with the Seattle grunge scene, their music carries a visceral heft that, for me, wasn’t present for the other bands of that music world. Dirt was, and remains, a landmark album of bleakness paired with incredible songwriting, and ‘Down In A Hole‘ was one of the first songs I learned to play on my dad’s old Takamine acoustic guitar back in ’98 or ’99.


The fact that a song like that works as well, if not better, on an acoustic guitar as on a distorted electric guitar is a testament to the power of what those four guys created together.


Dirt [Redux] track list:

1 THOU Them Bones
2 LOW FLYING HAWKS Dam That River
3 HIGH PRIEST Rain When I Die
4 KHEMMIS Down in a Hole
5 THESE BEASTS Sickman
6 HOWLING GIANT Rooster
7 FORMING THE VOID Junkhead
8 SOMNURI Dirt
9 BACKWOODS PAYBACK God Smack
10 BLACK ELECTRIC Iron Gland
11 - (16) - Hate to Feel
12 VOKONIS Angry Chair
13 THE OTOLITH Would?

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