Philadelphia-based hard rock outfit Somerville releases their compilation track/video for “Eruption” and “You Really Got Me,” covers of the iconic songs by Van Halen and The Kinks.
Speaking to the compilation, Somerville shares, “Our cover of ‘Eruption/You Really Got Me’ was inspired by our love of Van Halen and The Kinks, plain and simple. Both bands made music that was heavy and fun at the same time. That’s how we like music to be, not just as musicians, but as listeners too. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing is and always has been a huge inspiration for us, so since Eddie tragically passed away this past year, the best way we could pay tribute to and honor the master himself would be to cover his masterpiece, ‘Eruption.’ We also added in ‘You Really Got Me,’ because, technically, we’d be doing a cover of a cover, “cover inception” if you will, and we thought it would be fun!”
Renowned through the Tri-State area for their colossal soaring vocals, ruthless resonance, galvanizing double lead guitars, and dynamic live performances, Somerville’s muscular sound hits like a punch to the diaphragm, chock-full of sizzling sonic oomph.
Right now, Somerville is putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming debut EP, Shooting to the Top, slated to drop later this year.
“Eruption” opens on a rumbling drum shuffle flowing into the blistering ax notes made famous by Eddie Van Halen. Guitarist Kevin Somerville’s fingers dance over the strings in dazzling execution, staging a finessed fandango on the fretboard. Moaning echoes juxtaposed against the dizzying display of a maestro perfectly replicate the virtuosity of Van Halen.
It’s a spectacular exhibition of technique and consummate talent.
“You Really Got Me” begins on gritty, growling guitars riding a walloping rhythm provided by the cavernous, thrumming bassline and pummeling drums. Kevin’s voice infuses the lyrics with beaucoup semi-rasping tones backed by glowing harmonies. An awesome guitar solo leads to the drum-filled breakdown, followed by Kevin’s tight timbres of passion.
Rife with mind-blowing energy, both covers demonstrate the savage get-up-and-go brio of Somerville, who inject both songs with wicked brawn.