Published Jun 24, 2014Before School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis tragically passed away last year following a battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, he produced a cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)." Now, that final-ever track is available to hear.
This is a big departure from the rocking original, as School of Seven Bells transform it into a pulsing, seven-minute electronic epic with cinematic dream pop haziness and rat-a-tat drum machine fills. Hear it below.
A video for the track is due tomorrow (June 25).
"It was a very spontaneous decision to record this track," School of Seven Bells singer Alejandra Deheza said in a statement. "Benjamin had been talking about the song a lot, and then he just decided he was going to do it. We couldn't record vocals in the hospital, so he actually FaceTimed with me and his brother while we recorded vocals in the studio. He spearheaded the whole thing on FaceTime, would even tell us which knobs to turn and listen to levels etc. We'd even see nurses in the background from time to time! It was really amazing. But that was Benjamin, and producing was what he did. It was therapeutic and took his mind off being really sick. This song was really important to him and I'm happy we were able to record it."
UPDATE: You can now watch the video over here. Also, according to Culture Collide, Deheza is now working on a posthumous School of Seven Bells album featuring the work of Curtis.