We know you, and your mom, and your best friend, and your dog, have heard “Hallelujah” before. Many times. Maybe not the original, and maybe not the just-as-if-not-more-famous Jeff Buckley version, but, from a strictly statistical standpoint, it’s very likely you’ve heard some version of it at some time in your life. And even if you haven’t, you’re about to.
Since its birth in 1976, Cohen’s haunting “Hallelujah” has been covered by freakin’ anyone and everyone, with over 300 known recorded renditions in existence. It’s the go-to “sad song” for every indie movie and cult TV show. It’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written. It’s pretty hard to argue with its status in rock history: It’s so damn good that, even with 300 covers and counting, it’s pretty much always just as beautiful as the last time you heard it.
This time, GRMLN has taken a stab at “Hallelujah.” Parting with his usual furiously-fun, shameless guitar shredding, Yoodoo Park outfits the classic with an otherworldly, almost T.Rex-ian echo. Take a listen below.
GRMLN will be playing a few dates around Southern California with local legends Hunx & His Punx beginning next week. If you’ll be down there, check out the dates below.
GRMLN Tour Dates:
10/20 — Los Angeles, CA — Bootleg Theater
10/26 — Pomona, CA — Glasshouse *
11/04 — Los Angeles, CA — The Well
* w/ Hunx & His Punx and The Garden