Krist Novoselic reflects on the legacy of Nirvana and how he coped with Kurt Cobain’s death

"I was depressed from it. It had terrible effects"

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has spoken out on the legacy of the band and their classic album ‘Nevermind’ – as well as how he coped with the death of frontman Kurt Cobain.

Novoselic was speaking to Kerrang about his current band Giants In The Trees, and how their self-titled debut album follows the same “song-orientated” spirit as Nirvana’s seminal ‘Nevermind’.

“It’s pretty loaded for me, in a lot of ways,” he said, looking back on the album. “I think it sounds really good. It’s nice to remember Kurt, but a lot of things pop up when I hear it. It was, like, 25 years ago too, which is strange.”


Asked about Nirvana remain so popular and relevant after all these years, the bassist replied: “It’s the melodies and the hooks. There’s also the power and the diversity. We didn’t just beat one idea over the head. I was listening to [In Utero song] ‘Milk It’ the other day. That is a really sinister song. Actually, ‘menacing’ is a better word, but there’s a lot to capture the imagination in different ways.

“Kurt was also so intense and it all came together on the records. That song is a good example of that intensity and because there’s no video for it, it’s all about the imagination.”

Nirvana came to an abrupt end when Cobain took his own life in 1994. Looking back on his loss, Novoselic opened up about his healing process.

“I took a long time,” he said of coping with Cobain’s death. “It was so traumatic. I was depressed from it. It had terrible effects. I had other things in my life at that point that held me back, too. But in the end, time healed it and you end up dealing with it.

“Then, eventually, you come to terms with things… but I don’t know, really. You just have to try to be positive.


Earlier this year, Novoselic admitted that he’d love to form a supergroup with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and The Doors drummer John Densmore.

“John is great, I know John. He is one of my heroes,” he said, continuing: “Chuck D is great, Public Enemy. We should put a band together right there, because I’ll be on bass, we’ll have John on drums, and Chuck will rap.”

“No, seriously,” he added.