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A.A. Williams’ Cover of Placebo’s “Without You I’m Nothing” is Melancholy in Sound


It seems like today’s got some more chill kind of vibes, as A.A. Williams‘ cover of Placebo’s song “Without You I’m Nothing” is yet another song that doesn’t quite feature the super heavy riffs or body crushingly hard moments we’re used to, but rather features a more introspective and softer side of brooding.

Along with a video directed by Fraser West, this track sounds like I’d imagine feeling lost would sound, with Williams offering a deeply evocative performance. To be able to cover Placebo was apparently a bucket list item for Williams.

“When I first discovered Placebo as a teen, I felt as if I’d found a world just for me. Barely a day went by without their songs in my headphones, their explorations of angst, frustration and alienation speaking to me like nothing I’d heard before…

“Simultaneously brand new and familiar, I felt that I’d been understood for the first time, all the while being fed with musical styles I wasn’t familiar with – glam, goth, electro and punk were all introduced to me through Placebo’s melancholy lens… I’ve dreamed of covering a Placebo song for years. I think it always had to be ‘Without You I’m Nothing,’ a song of longing and loss that for me will always feel current and relevant, as someone who always felt that human connection was the key to happiness – and as an outsider looking in, as someone uncomfortable in their own skin.”

Given her sound, it absolutely makes sense that she’s opening for Sleep Token later this week. You can find the full list of dates below the video.

Sleep Token

9/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
9/10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
9/13 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
9/15 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
9/17 – Minneapolis, MN – The Myth
9/19 – Dallas, TX – The Studio at the Factory
9/20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theater
9/22 – St. Louis, MO – The Hawthorn
9/25 – Denver, CO – The Ogden
9/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
9/28 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
9/29 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
9/30 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/1 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/3 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
10/4 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
10/5 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10/9 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
10/10 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater

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