Vic Mensa’s 93PUNX Cover ‘Zombie’ on Anniversary of Cranberries Singer’s Death: Listen

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Dolores O'Riordan was discovered useless a yr in the past Tuesday (Jan. 15).

Vic Mensa honored the one-year anniversary of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's loss of life on Tuesday (Jan. 15) by releasing an emotional, emo-tinged cowl of the late Irish singer's most iconic hit, "Zombie." The monitor from Mensa's new rock-inspired band, 93PUNX, turns the roiling authentic all the way down to an angsty simmer, with the rapper's somber voice cloaked in AutoTune alongside spare guitars and a ghostly beat.

Mensa, who dropped the Hooligans EP final month, has been engaged on the aspect undertaking for a number of months, revealing in a Beats 1 interview in December that he was searching for an outlet for his extra rocker tendencies. “I additionally was making this punk music,” mentioned Mensa of the periods for his EP, whereas name-dropping such punk touchstones as The Clash and Dead Kennedys as his favorites, explaining that to him punk isn't a sound, a "supply" or a method or manufacturing, however an angle. 

Mensa mentioned the PUNX undertaking, due out within the spring, will characteristic a music with Joel Madden from Good Charlotte and a collaboration with H.R. from legendary reggae punks Bad Brains. “As I got here to have these two completely different separate entities, I used to be like, ‘OK, let me not attempt to simply mash all of those collectively and need to compromise being to go all the best way.’ I took the information that had been extra in a rap area and made this undertaking out of them. And the punk information are going to be on that album... the punk music may be very subversive."

In an announcement in regards to the "Zombie" cowl, Mensa, a outspoken gun management advocate, defined, "We related to zombie as a result of we had been born from violence." Mensa's cowl got here the identical day that the dwelling members of the Cranberries launched the one "All Over Now" and introduced the Apr. 26 launch of their closing album -- an 11-track effort that includes vocals O'Riordan recorded within the months earlier than her loss of life -- entitled In The End

Listen to 93PUNX's "Zombie" under.