Time for another edition of Patchy’s (In)appropriate Instrumentals, where I share awesome covers of great songs done on strange instruments, or things that aren’t even instruments at all.
[Via Metal Insider]
Tool began their climb to dominance of the progressive rock/metal scene in the early 90’s. The band fuses musical prowess with conceptual songwriting and plenty of visual art to create an encompassing listening and viewing experience. They’re a group I didn’t know much about until I was in high school, and slowly got into, starting with their 2001 album Lateralus. I wasn’t the only one who got into this album either. In fact, in its first week of release, the album topped the Billboard 200 albums chart. The group also won their second Grammy Award, for best metal performance, with the song Schism.
However, of all the great songs on Lateralus, it was the title track that most captured my imagination. The virtuosic guitar of Adam Jones and bass of Justin Chancellor, the dynamic vocals of Maynard James Keenan and the relentlessly pounding drums of Danny Carey… Throw in constantly changing time signatures, references in the song to the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio (of which I knew nothing at the time), and some trippy visuals to go along with it all, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for getting a young fan of rock and metal like me hooked.
Here’s the song in all its 9-minute glory, complete with the official video for your visual pleasure.
Now before I talk too much about it, I should clarify that these covers are not exactly the most “inappropriate” instrumentals, in that the instruments used are pretty standard instruments in the rock world. However, neither is used in the original recording of the song, and each shows a unique approach at arranging the song.
Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to have this video pop up on my Facebook news feed (thanks to Ian George for posting it!). It features a young man by the name of Sam Westphalen, a former student at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM). This video is posted on the school’s YouTube page, and was recorded during a day of busking in Melbourne. It showcases Westphalen’s unique “guitar percussion” technique, created out of a desire to get as much music as possible out of his guitar without bringing a drummer into the mix. Watch it. Trust me, you’ll be impressed.
You can find more “guitar percussion” videos on the AIM Youtube Page, including covers of Slayer, Pantera, Megadeth, Dream Theater and a whole bunch of classic rock staples.
I have another video to share with you, an excellent piano cover of the same song. This one I first found years ago, and it was originally recorded at least 7 years ago (based on the date it was posted on YouTube). It’s done by a dude by the name of Adam Monroe. Hoe’s got a whole bunch of piano covers of popular songs on his channel, but this one may just be my favourite. He plays the full nine minutes of the song beautifully. Don’t take my word for it, though, have a look at the video!
Seen any awesome covers of songs done on weird instruments? Share them in the comments or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!