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Pierce The Veil Unveils Hypnotic Cover Of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”

Pierce The Veil Spring 2024
[Photo by: Anthony Tran]

After issuing a cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” through triple j’s Like A Version series last year, Pierce The Veil has officially released a studio recording of the iconic 1997 track. 

“We are products of the ‘80s and ‘90s MTV era, so songs like ‘Karma Police’ live deep within our childhood minds,” the band shares in a press release. “We dug this one up as an opportunity to indulge in something comforting and familiar. Taking inspiration from the memories and emotions the song evokes in us, we created a version that reflects where we come from as a band. We were happy to discover that the song remained haunting and beautiful even when fed through distortion pedals and loud guitars.”

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In contrast to the original, the trio ditches the keys-driven arrangement and approaches “Karma Police” with a distinctive focus on distortion, imbuing it with their signature alt-grunge sound. Lead vocalist Vic Fuentes infuses the familiar lyrics with an elevated haunting quality, highlighting the song’s depth and grandeur, particularly in the outro. Listen to Pierce The Veil’s interpretation of “Karma Police” below.

Pierce The Veil is scheduled to embark on the North American run of blink-182’s forthcoming summer tour, which kicks off on June 20 in Orlando, FL. Additionally, the group will perform at Chicago’s Lollapalooza, followed by back-to-back performances at this year’s When We Were Young Fest in Las Vegas, NV. Check out the band’s full touring schedule below and get tickets to see them live here

Tour Dates:

  • June 20—Orlando, FL @ Amway Center*
  • June 21—Miami, FL @ Kaseya Center*
  • June 24—San Antonio, TX @ Frost Bank Center*
  • June 25—Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena*
  • June 27  Denver, CO @ Ball Arena*
  • June 30—San Diego, CA @ Petco Park*
  • July 2—Glendale, AZ @ Desert Diamond Arena*
  • July 3—Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena*
  • July 6  Los Angeles, CA @ SoFi Stadium*
  • July 8– Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center*
  • July 9—San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center*
  • July 11—Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center*
  • July 13—Portland, OR @ Moda Center*
  • July 14—Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre*
  • July 21—Flushing, NY @ Citi Field*
  • July 23—Boston, MA @ Fenway Park*
  • July 24  Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre*
  • July 26—Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center*
  • July 27—Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena*
  • July 29—Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
  • July 30—Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena*
  • Aug. 1—Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena*
  • Aug. 2—Indianapolis, IN @ Gainbridge Fieldhouse*
  • Aug. 3-4—Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Chicago 2024
  • Aug. 6—Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center*
  • Aug. 7—Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum*
  • Aug. 9—Kansas City, MO @ T-Mobile Center*
  • Aug. 10—St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center*
  • Aug. 12—Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena*
  • Aug. 13—Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center*
  • Oct. 19—Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Young 2024
  • Oct. 20—Las Vegas, NV @ When We Were Young 2024

*Supporting blink-182.

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