by Ray Roa
"When Kurt Cobain killed himself, my mom and dad called me at my brother John's house, where Dan and I were sleeping over after a NY Rangers game, to see if I was alright," Kevin Devine wrote in a recent Facebook post, "because they knew how much I loved his band, and I was 14, and those are delicate times."
Devine, 33, a Brooklyn-based singer-writer who started beloved emo outfit The Miracle of 86 and currently fronts his own band — Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band — is just one of thousands who paid tribute to Cobain this past April 5.
"I wouldn't have started playing the kind of music I play, or conduct my career they way I conduct it, if I hadn't have fallen in love with Nirvana." He added, "This was my dad's favorite Nirvana song." The post is attached to a bedroom video of him covering "All Apologies."
Devine's stripped-down version is obviously devoid of the fuzz of Nirvana's 1993 classic, but the song — marked by Devine's delicate coo delivering Cobain's heart aching lyrics — still packs all the angst and punch it did two decades ago.
Have a look at the clip below and check out Devine when he opens for Manchester Orchestra along side Balance & Composure at The Ritz Ybor (1503 E. 7th Ave, Ybor City) on Thurs., April 17. Doors are at 6 p.m., and tickets are $17-$20. More info on the show is available here.