Seattle grunge artist Kurt Cobain and his band Nirvana helped to innovate an entirely new genre of alternative rock, and it looks like even death can’t keep the late rocker from having new material see release.
According to Bedford + Bowery, director Brett Morgen — who is the director of an upcoming documentary on Cobain entitled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — a new album derived from recently discovered home recordings made by the musician will form the basis of a new album, which will be released this summer. When asked by the website if his research and work on the film uncovered any unheard gems, he answered,
We’re going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question. [The new recordings] will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people. Just to be clear, it’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.
Cobain, who was born in 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington — about two hours southwest of Seattle — rose to national prominence in 1989 with the release of Nirvana’s first studio album, Bleach. After letting drummer Chad Channing go, the band picked up the multi-talented Dave Grohl, who helped to galvanize the band’s success leading to their massively successful 1991 album Nevermind. The success of Nirvana and Nevermind is generally seen as a catalyst for the founding of several Seattle-area bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam. That success continued through to 1994, the year that the 27-year old Cobain ultimately committed suicide by putting a shotgun in his mouth.
Morgen’s documentary, which is currently on limited release, has been reviewed extremely positively, currently maintaining a 98% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s consensus reads, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck makes a persuasive case for its subject without resorting to hagiography — and includes plenty of rare and unreleased footage for fans.”
The forthcoming album was assembled after Morgen and his collaborators sifted through over a hundred cassette tapes and nearly 200 hours of recorded material, focused solely on Cobain. Morgen specified that this isn’t a Nirvana album. He said, “It’s just Kurt, and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”
There are no specific release details for the album. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will be in limited theatrical release through Sunday, and will debut on HBO this coming Monday, May 4th, and you can see the trailer below. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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