You have to hear Inter Arma’s cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain”

“This was never meant to be heard publicly. It was meant to be outrageous...”

Prince purists, look away now: Doom metal band Inter Arma have released a cover of his classic, “Purple Rain.”

The Richmond group have been peeling the layers back on their upcoming covers album, Garbers Day Revisited, releasing their takes on Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and Nine Inch Nails’ “March of the Pigs.” This rendition of the Purple One and the Revolution’s hit song, though largely faithful to the original, is unexpected, to say the least—and Inter Arma know that better than anyone.

“This was never meant to be heard publicly,” the band said in a statement. “It was meant to be outrageous—to be played late at night while laughing and drinking beer with our friends. Because that’s what this is: Inter Arma covering the greatest pop song of the 1980s, and arguably of all time, by Prince, who HATED when people covered his music.”

They explained, “The vocals were done in one take by the drummer [TJ Childers] and not pitch-corrected, because who else can sing like that? Prince. So we opted to stay honest and simple because we never thought that the general public would hear it. Once [Inter Arma’s label] Relapse heard it there was a little bit of back and forth between the two camps and it was decided, reluctantly, to be included on the record.

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“We hope everyone enjoys this and gets a little bit of a chuckle because I think we could all use that right about now. Stay safe, stay outrageous, BLM.”

Garbers Day Revisited arrives on July 10. Stream Inter Arma’s take on “Purple Rain” below:

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