Bristol punk outfit IDLES have shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “Peace Signs.”
Anchored by frenetic punk riffs and frontman Joe Talbot’s potent vocals, the quintet put their own blistering spin on the much more folkier original. The cover will appear on Van Etten’s upcoming anniversary edition of her 2010 album Epic. Titled Epic Ten, the edition is set for release on April 16 and will also feature covers by the likes of Courtney Barnett and Fiona Apple.
IDLES took to Instagram to express the honour of being able to be a part of the aforementioned project. “Sharon Van Etten is one of the greatest songwriters on earth, to be allowed anywhere near her songs is a great and unexpected privilege,” they wrote. “We learned a lot about true songwriting by trying to cover ‘Peace Signs.’ We hope it does some justice to the original.”
Van Etten responded to the post with a heartfelt comment of her own. “You all were so kind to me when I was missing my family the most on tour. You know the grind. Your spirits lifted me and help [sic] me keep going and I will never forget that,” she wrote. “Your performances were so inspiring and it means the world you wanted to cover my song.”
IDLES released their third studio album Ultra Mono in September. The 12-track album featured collaborations with Kenny Beats, Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and Savages’ Jehnny Beth. That same month, the band performed a cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”—while also paying homage to The Strokes and Ramones—during a livestream show recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Van Etten, on the other hand, released her fourth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow back in 2019. The ten-track record included the songs “Jupiter 4,” “No One’s Easy to Love” and “Comeback Kid.” More recently, she collaborated with Local Natives on “Lemon” while also delivering an outdoor performance of the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Listen to IDLES’ cover of “Peace Signs” below: