Goosebumps – Manchester Collective SYLVETTE Cover Heavyhearted NIN Musing

17 September 2022

Photo credit: Jade Ashley Yong

Who: Manchester five-piece Sylvette, formed 6 years ago. They have built a cult fan base around the country with their dynamic blend of emotive art-rock and Kafkaesque lyrics. Describing themselves as “Björk meets Black Midi, Nine Inch Nails and Black Country New Road”, the band’s name is inspired by the enchanting muse who appears in many of Picasso’s famous paintings.

They’re ready to go on the road. But first, their goosebumps cover of RIGHT WHERE
, a pearl of a ballad by Nine Inch Nails (from their 2005 With Teeth LP).

“”Right Where It Belongs’ is the first cover we’ve ever played together that really felt like we made it our own. The song is about questioning your reality and how going through change
and trauma can distort the way you perceive yourself. It really felt appropriate for the theme
of our upcoming album ‘Single Thread’, so we made it the closing track on the record.”

Whereas mastermind Trent Reznor‘s performance is eerie Sylvette‘s take resonates fragile, sending shivers down your spine. like Sigur Ros does so wonderfully. I’m sure Reznor will like it.

Tune in.

NIN’s original.

SYLVETTE: Facebook – Instagram

MONOWHALES – Canadian Turbo Nails It With NIN Cover

Daily electricity to load your batteries

2 November 2021

Who: A charged indie trio from Toronto, Canada
Last March the 3-piece released their firework
album Daytona Bleach

A cover of NIN classic from their 2005 album With Teeth

Sally Shaar (frontwoman): “One by one, we need to disrupt the line and speak up for ourselves if we want a universe where the despicable don’t mockingly control our every
action. I have a deep connection to “The Hand That Feeds” and immense respect for what
Nine Inch Nails have contributed to the history of music. We hope to take note of their bravery and move towards making new music that spits out our truths unapologetically, smashes you across the face with industrialism, and leaves all manners at the door.

Turn Up The Volume: Holy smoke! You need guts to cover industrial rock titans
Nine Inch Nails. Monowhales not only have the guts but what they do with this NIN
classic hits the bullseye. Their vehement version is a solid gold stunner, a flabbergasting glam stomper, a biting belter with Sally Shaar‘s rant and roar vehemence making crystal clear what the story is about. Pure dynamite!

I wonder what would happen if Trent Reznor and Sally would put their teeth
into this crashing cracker together? I’m sure you better watch your hands.

Just how deep do you believe?
Will you bite the hand that feeds?

The NIN original…


(Credit for Monowhales pics: Katherine Kwan)


The magnificent SHARON VAN ETTEN shared her affecting cover of HURT, the gripping ballad by industrial rockers NINE INCH NAILS from their 1994 album The Downward Spiral.

Van Etten covered the song for a special reason: “I recently spoke with Sounds Of Saving and performed a cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. Sounds Of Saving is an organization aiming to reduce our country’s suicide rate, an effort I care deeply about.”

Here’s her short interview with Sounds Of Saving and her magical performance of Hurt

As much as I love Sharon‘s rendition, my ears, my heart, and soul still prefer the version by the late great Johnny Cash. Nine Inch Nail’s maestro Trent Reznor said he cried when he heard Cash’s most touching exploit…

The original


Guerrilla Time! Mean Metal Machine INTER ARMA Covers NINE INCH NAILS

Mean metal machine INTER ARMA out of Richmond, Virginia unleash a new EP
next month, entitled GARBERS DAYS REVISITED. A collection of covers recorded
‘for the hell of it‘ with their take on big tracks by Prince, Neil Young, Ministry, Cro-Mags,
and Tom Petty.

Also on the EP is a cover of MARCH OF THE PIGS. A thunderous highlight of NINE
‘ 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Inter Arma‘s version is just monstrous.

It’s guerrilla time, folks! Power to the people! Highway to hell for all authoritarian world leaders! No more oppression, no more injustice, no more inequality! Stand up, get up
and fight for your right to be respected. Black Lives Matter!

Damn right…

INTER ARMA: Facebook


Great longplayers from the past…

‘The Downward Spiral’

Release: 8 March 1994
Second album

Rolling Stone wrote: “NIN achieve a new kind of loud on The Downward Spiral: accessible hard-rock moves overlaid with a scrim of electronic racket, white noise, screams, the kind of blown-speaker rattle that seems to use the limitations of crappy stereo equipment the way that Hendrix riffed on the distortion that howled from overdriven Marshall stacks. It’s a new frontier in rock & roll: music that pins playback levels far into the red. You have only two options with this album: Play it too softly, or play it too loud. Reznor’s voice seduces and insinuates where it previously expressed itself only in animal screams; it slithers into your ears and curls up somewhere near the medulla oblongata. This album is about music the blade runner might throw down to: low-tech futurism that rocks.”

Album in full…