Wovenwar’s Shane Blay and Kyng’s Eddie Veliz Cover Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”

  • Axl Rosenberg

For those of you too young to remember, youth is wasted on the young you fucking bastards Temple of the Dog was a supergroup that released one album in 1991 as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood, who died a year earlier as the result of a heroin overdose. In addition to his Mother Love Bone bandmates Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, the band featured future Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron (the latter of whom would also go on to be in Pearl Jam). The album had been out for more than a year when, in the summer of ’92, grunge started to supplant hair metal as the mainstream rock music of choice, and suddenly Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were rockstars; at that point, MTV began to play the single for the video “Hunger Strike” more or less 24/7, and Temple of the Dog went on to sell a bajillion copies. In fact, I’m quite confident that more people bought Temple of the Dog than ever bought a Mother Love Bone album.

I’m providing you with this little history lesson begin Wovenwar vocalist Shane Blay and Kyng guitarist/vocalist Eddie Veliz recently filmed themselves performing an acoustic cover of “Hunger Strike” during some downtime on tour. Veliz plays guitar and takes the Chris Cornell vocal lines, while Blay handles Eddie Vedder’s vocal parts. It’s a great song that totally holds up more than twenty years after its release, but the real joy of this video, to my ears at least, is hearing two singers who can, y’know, sing. Sad that these days such an occurrence is a nice surprise and not just de rigeur, ain’t it?

[via Metal Insider]

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