Ben Williams‘ Coming of Age LP is certainly one of our favorite full-length album offerings of 2015. Released earlier this year on April 21st via Concord Music, the bassist, composer and bandleader’s sophomore effort has garnered praise from critics and fans alike. The 11-track recording had a natural ebb-and-flow that made listening to the entire album an enjoyable sonic journey as it traversed through different grooves and landscapes. While Coming of Age certainly showcased Williams’ strength as a composer, it also highlighted his ability to interpret and adapt well-beloved songs. One of the tunes that has since become a fan favorite for Williams is his solo bass cover of the seminal Nirvana anthem, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
“‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is a classic from my generation,” Williams revealed during a previous interview with Revive. “It’s such a great tune and it’s very nostalgic for a lot of us and it’s been covered a few times. So I was thinking about what I could do that hasn’t been done, so I played the bass by myself.” Though the track originally enjoyed a Billboard premiere back in April, we are proud to premiere the video for Ben Williams’ cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the eve of Nevermind‘s 24th anniversary. Shot and edited by Todd Starr, the striking visuals for Williams’ cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” resembles the tone and feel of Nirvana’s original music video while retaining its own unique vibe. Scroll down and watch Ben Williams’s solo bass rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Purchase Coming of Age via iTunes.