Here’s The Sword Guitarist’s Doom Cover of Pink Floyd’s “Time”
Here’s the thing about covers: if you’re gonna do one, you’ve absolutely got to make it your own. Doubly so when you’re covering a song as well known as “Time,” the Pink Floyd classic that’s been a radio staple for over 40 years. The best covers retain some recognizable framework of the original while giving the track a fresh sonic overhaul and reinterpretation; no one really wants to hear an on-the-nose version of a song we’ve all listened to a thousand times but with, like, more distortion on the guitars and some double bass thrown in or whatever.
So while it’s understandable if you greeted with skepticism last month’s news that The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt would be releasing a doom cover of the entire Dark Side of the Moon album — dubbed Doom Side of the Moon, because duh — you can now put any fears aside. The cover of “Money” he put out to coincide with the album’s announcement was top notch, and so is today’s release of “Time,” which is about as great a version of the track as I’ve ever heard. Shutt, Bryan Richie (bass) and Santiago Vela III (drums) alongside vocalist Alex Marrero (Brownout/Brown Sabbath), saxophonist Jason Grey (Black Joe Lewis) and keyboardist Joe Cornetti (Croy & The Boys) do an EXCELLENT job of making this version their own — you know it’s on right from the very beginning when the band takes the iconic drum intro and makes it groovy and doomy as fuck.
Doom Side of the Moon comes out on August 4th and can be pre-ordered here. Those in the Austin area can see the band perform the album live on August 5th at Emo’s.