Reactivated U.K. thrashers ACID REIGN have released the official music video for their cover version of Suzanne Vega's "Blood Makes Noise". The track is taken from the band's first full-length album in 29 years, "The Age Of Entitlement", which came out on September 27 via Dissonance Productions.
Commented vocalist Howard "H" Smith: "Well, we really wanted to 'ACID REIGN' a cover version, but every time we came up with a song, at least one other person in the band would say it was crap. I mentioned 'Blood Makes Noise' to Paul [Chanter, guitar], and about two weeks later, I was driving to a gig and he messaged to say, 'I've sent you a demo,' and there it was, on my phone, so I was singing along with it in the car thinking, 'This is going to be brilliant.' I stuck the vocals on it, and all of a sudden, the argument over which cover version we should do disappeared! I e-mailed it to Suzanne Vega's management and also sent it to her Facebook page along with a note saying, 'Look, I've been a big fan since back in the day, I actually ripped off one of your lyrics on our album 'The Fear' (and no, I'm not saying which one) and this is a homage, our version of your song done with love and respect. Hope you like it.' About two weeks went by, and I'd just got home from a comedy gig [Howard has a stand-up alter ego called Keith Platt, Professional Yorkshireman] when my phone vibrated and there was a conversation waiting to be had on Facebook messenger. I didn't know who it was so I answered, and it was Suzanne Vega and the first line of the message — because I'd said 'hope you like it' — was, in capitals, 'I LOVE IT.' And, in fact, I've actually got a screenshot of the conversation framed in my front room. It says, 'I love it. I want to copy the link and share it with my team. Here's my email. She gave me her personal e-mail address. 'Please send me an mp3.' So I replied, 'Yes, you'll have it in a few minutes'. Then she said, 'Puts me in a really great mood, I must say. Thanks for this.' It was absolutely brilliant."
He added: "I've been a fan of Suzanne's for over 30 years and so to not only have her approval but to have her on the song is just amazing.
"Clearly it is our own unique take on it, and hopefully Suzanne's fans and our fans will both discover some cool back catalogue on both sides."
Said Vega: "ACID REIGN has done a super cool cover of 'Blood Makes Noise'! Check it out."