New Music Of The Day: Greys – Candy Says (Velvet Underground Cover) (NME Premiere)

Here’s an absolutely beautiful cover of the Velvet Underground classic to kick off your week.

Greys, on first thought, aren’t the most obvious band to cover what is perhaps VU’s most tender song, what with them being one of the most ferocious punk bands to come out of Toronto in years.

But as singer Shehzaad Jiwani told us, there’s an odd, appealing affinity between the isolated feel of Doug Yule’s fragile vocals on the Velvets’ 1969 original and the themes on ‘Outer Heaven’, Greys’ fiery new record. Furthermore, it turns out VU also provided Jiwani with ample walking inspiration while preparing to record the album:

“I got on a huge Velvets kick right before we went into the studio to record Outer Heaven,” he said. “Their self-titled record was on repeat for me in the van and while walking around Montreal in between studio sessions. The lyrics of ‘Candy Says’ really resonated with me on a personal level, and the feeling of being uncomfortable in your own skin fits with the album’s overarching themes of displacement and detachment. That, and I’ve always wanted to be a crooner.”

Here’s the cover, while ‘Outer Heaven’ is out now via Carpark Records:

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