Among the many great songs on the stacked new metal/punk benefit compilation Shut it Down: Benefit for the Movement for Black Lives is Thou's new cover of Bad Religion's 1993 classic "Kerosene," which they recorded with longtime collaborator Emily McWilliams of Silver Godling. They turn the fast-paced melodic song into an eerie goth-doom song with belted vocals by Emily and harsh screams by Thou vocalist Bryan Funck in the background. It's a drastic reinvention and very cool stuff.
"Coming from a foundation of DIY punk, community-building and social justice has always been a strong component in Thou," Bryan Funck told Stereogum. "Contributing to the compilation is a really small way that we can hopefully generate some funds for the hard-working folks dismantling the most oppressive and corrupting elements of society."