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Waking April's electrifying version of Soundgarden's "The Day I Tried to Live"

MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Adam Jones

Grunge Gets a Jolt: Waking April's High-Voltage Homage

I had the extraordinary pleasure of reviewing WAKING APRIL - an electro-pop duo from North Carolina that just released an extremely fascinating, electrified version of Soundgarden's "The Day I Tried To Live." WAKING APRIL breathes new life into this cherished classic, taking us on a thrilling musical journey that leaves us begging for more.


Bethany McKee's vocals are both alluring and commanding, a powerful presence that soars atop the rich, pulsating beats crafted by Alex McKee. Her voice, powerful and evocative, sails amidst a sea of synthesized sound, echoing the raw energy and emotion that the late Chris Cornell infused into the original track. Waking April’s version is an innovative tribute, channeling the essence of grunge while framing it in an alt-electro-pop aura.


Their interpretation of the original guitar-driven riffs is a masterclass in creative reimagination. The synths (heavy and dark - yet somehow also luminous), embody the original grunginess while translating it into a language more fitting to the band's electro-pop foundation. By respecting the song's roots and incorporating their unique flair, WAKING APRIL successfully transforms 'The Day I Tried To Live' into an exhilarating new experience.

 

Bethany McKee's vocals are both alluring and commanding, a powerful presence that soars atop the rich, pulsating beats crafted by Alex McKee. Her voice, powerful and evocative, sails amidst a sea of synthesized sound, echoing the raw energy and emotion that the late Chris Cornell infused into the original track. WAKING APRIL’s version is an innovative tribute, channeling the essence of grunge while framing it in an alt-electro-pop aura.
 

WAKING APRIL proves that they are not just any electro-pop band; they are musical adventurers, able to traverse different genres and infuse them with their distinct touch. Their audacious approach to music is exhilarating, and this is no more evident than in their transformative cover of 'The Day I Tried To Live.'


WAKING APRIL's 'The Day I Tried To Live' is more than a "cool cover song"—it's an electrifying homage; a daring reinterpretation that's extremely difficult to pull off. Listeners are not just granted a window into WAKING APRIL's musical vision; they are invited into a world where genres collide and music is reborn. You DO NOT want to miss this one!


Check out 'The Day I Tried to Live' performed by WAKING APRIL below!👇



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