As part of Record Store Day 2015, we here at Modern Vinyl will be highlighting our Top “Must Haves” from the recently released lists. Next up is an entry from Sean Hermann focusing on the upcoming compilation, “Whatever Nevermind.”
Last year, DIY workhorse Robotic Empire unveiled plans for a record of epic proportions with In Utero: In Tribute, a Nirvana covers compilation that was over 7 years in the works. Featuring the likes of Circa Survive, Thursday, Ceremony, Daughters, Thou, and even Jay Reatard, among others, the RSD exclusive color proved to be a huge success, selling out in stores worldwide. This year, the label comes back with a bang, announcing a second tribute album, titled Whatever Nevermind. This new covers compilation features Boris, Cave In, Circa Survive, Torche, Kylesa, Touche Amore, La Dispute, Nothing, Pygmy Lush, White Reaper, Thou, Wrong and Young Widows.
The lineup assembled for “Whatever Nevermind” has some of our favorite active bands running Nirvana’s classics through their own creative filters. What they’ve come up with is a great merging of individual style with a nod to the influence of “grunge.”
— Robotic Empire
The vinyl edition of Whatever Nevermind is being released as a 12″ + bonus 7″ combined, with artwork inspired by the original album, and includes a high-quality digital download. Record Store Day 2015 will see an exclusive blue vinyl edition accompanied by a large poster, akin to the 2014 RSD release of In Utero: In Tribute.
Last year’s In Utero, In Tribute (limited to 1,000 copies) sold out on release day and I can’t imagine the label expanding the pressing too much as they ended up paying an arm and a leg on things like licensing fees and other unexpected costs due to multi-year delays. This might be one of the harder to find titles on your list, but I can’t see any punk or metal-oriented shop passing this up due to the insanely packed lineup. If you end up striking out locally, Robotic Empire also features a mailorder variant or two made available through their online store the following Monday.
Last year’s In Utero, A Tribute faired pretty well for $18 a pop, but this year we see a price of $22.97 at Bull Moose. I don’t see it shooting up more than a few dollars at any shops, as Robotic Empire has a history of allowing huge bang for your buck, with extreme variants and upgraded packaging for very reasonable prices.