Headstones Release New Single – Review

After a successful cross country tour celebrating the 25 year anniversary of their very first record release, “Picture of Health,” and hot off the success of their last album “Little Army,” the Headstones told fans they were going back to Kingston to record new music, with a release date for later in the year.

After working at The Bathouse Studio, the band, who have never been frightened to produce extraordinary covers like “Tweeter And The Monkey Man,” “SOS” and “The Gambler,” were inspired to release their version of the Gordon Lightfoot classic “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald.”

A song which had always been on the band’s radar, and with the circumstances finally clicking into place it has given them the right opportunity to share their take of this song with their fans.

Video Credit: Gordon Hawkins

This impactful interpretation of the iconic track chronicling the sinking of the bulk carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, with the loss of all on board, and was a #1 hit for Lightfoot and remains to this day one of his best-loved songs.

While showing respect for the past, the Headstones have put their unique rock spin on the song that will introduce it to a whole new generation of music fans.

The song is faster and harder with that unmistakable Headstones strong guitar vibe, and along with the distinct gravel vocals from Hugh Dillon, one of the most outstanding frontman in Canadian rock today.

The haunting harmonica and drum twist at the end, just make this even more killer and turns this rendition into something exceptional. That being said, it takes nothing away from the original version, and is sure to become another firm fan favourite.

Accompanying the song is a really edgy industrial feel video, some of which was shot on a frozen lake on location in Kingston, Ontario using a drone, giving some truly beautiful aerial film work, while adding in some original footage of the sunken vessel, and a touching tribute at the end it gives it a truly emotional feel.

Being asked about the track the band says, “We’ve always loved this song. It’s profoundly meaningful. We started to play it during our tour VIP sound checks, and our fans really responded to it…. The feedback was exceptional.”

Everything being said, there are a lot of things that could have gone wrong with this cover, but seriously there is nothing not to like about this new version of a Canadian classic, it actually takes a lot of faith and talent to pull something like this off and the Headstones absolutely nail it.


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