English rock outfit Inglorious captured the world’s attention earlier this year with the release of their album We Will Ride, a collection of rock belters that perfectly showcased the vocal talents of frontman Nathan James and the musical prowess of his new band members.
Topping that album – which I am sure they will – will be a momentous task, so in the meantime the band have decided to have a bit of fun with other artists songs.
This approach has been tried before many times over, but for Inglorious’ upcoming release Heroine, the band have taken themselves completely out of their comfort zone by recording songs made popular by some of their personal favourite female artists.
James joined HEAVY to talk about the album and his expectations for it.
“I don’t think any other rock band has done this before, which just seems crazy. Maybe it’s because they think it’s a stupid idea,” he laughed. “For me the idea came from when we were doing a cover on tour of Alanis Morissette – Uninvited – which is on the album, and people really liked it. The reaction every night… I had people coming up to me every night saying ‘you sing this so well, the band play it so well’, and I thought maybe we can make a whole album out of unexpected songs, and then I realised what was also cool was that Alanis is obviously a woman, and we are five men, so let’s try and see if we can recreate some legendary female songs.”
Covering artists ranging from Whitney Houston to Miley Cyrus, Tina Turner, Joan Jett, Evanescence, Heart and Halestorm, James admits the biggest challenge he faced was choosing which artists to pay homage to.
“Dude, it was so hard,” he acknowledged. “I have a Spotify playlist and whenever I heard something or thought of something I would just add it to it. Before I started whittling it down, there were 50 tracks on there! We could have done anything. There are some artists that I’m a bit gutted that we missed off, but we could do another one maybe…”
In the full interview, Nathan discusses how Inglorious approached their versions of the songs, the women’s charity some of the album proceeds are going to, singing parts out of his comfort zone, how Inglorious put their own slant on the music, being back on stage after a prolonged absence and more.