Paying tribute to the late, great Ben E. King, who passed away April 30, dark alternative rock artist September Mourning recently released a cover of King’s classic hit “Stand By Me.”
“With dramatic dark lyrics that show glimpses of hope and redemption, I couldn’t resist a reinterpretation of this standard. It begged for a dynamic dramaticism that we couldn’t resist bringing to life,” said September.
The band is currently on tour in the U.S., with stops at AC Boardwalk Con and Rock On The Range. The band will be making its UK debut later this year at Download Festival.
Signed by Virgin Records in 2013, September Mourning has just recorded its debut album.
It tells a story in 12 songs, an epic tale of “heartbreak, loss, pain, joy, love, redemption, but most of all, courage,” September explained.
Produced by Howard Benson (Chris Cornell, My Chemical Romance) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, September Mourning revives the concept of rock star meets superhero. It has been said of the band’s vocalist, September, “If Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga had a kid, it would be September Mourning,” who also cites influences as varied as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, KISS, Evanescence and My Chemical Romance.
“For me, the project is a story, a theatrical art piece,” September said. “Music is the backbone, but for this to work, it has to include the imagery and the narrative all symbiotically linked into the whole. Music taps into your innermost being. There’s something very intimate and personal about it.”