Earlier this week, the surviving members of the famous alt-rock band, The Cranberries, announced the forthcoming release of their final studio album on the one-year anniversary of singer Dolores O’Riordan’s untimely death last January. That same day, Vic Mensa’s new indie-punk side project, 93PUNX, released a cover of the band’s 1994 single, “Zombie.” The recording was shared to 93PUNX’s SoundCloud and has since amassed an impressive 18,500 streams as of Thursday afternoon.
The latest cover version of the 1990’s power ballad sounds pretty good, considering how difficult it can be to update a fan-favorite which already has 25-years worth of personal memories attached to it. The proto-emo track takes new life with some wonderfully hypnotizing guitar lines with added tremolo effects and auto-tuned vocal work. It’s clear the band wanted to leave their own mark on the popular alt-rock track, and they’ve done so rather successfully with a completely different personality than the one O’Riordan and company established on their 1994 No Need to Argue LP. Fans can tune into the SoundCloud embed below to hear the song and decide from themselves.
“93PUNX is a band I created to express things outside of rap,” Mensa said in a statement about the new recording. “We connected to zombie because we were born from violence. RIP Dolores.”
Mensa was a bit busier with his solo career last fall and winter. In addition to collaborating with rap/rock veteran Tom Morello, he shared his own eerie new music video for “Dark Things” in late November. Prior to that, Mensa was one of the highlight performers at the first-ever Red Bull Music Festival Chicago alongside hip-hop contemporaries including Nas, Pusha T, Desiigner, and Teyana Taylor, to name a few. He closed out his year by releasing an EP titled Hooligans on December 14, his first release since his debut album, The Autobiography, arrived in July 2017.