Published Aug 15, 2016As the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour winds down this week, Canadian punk band the Flatliners have uploaded a touching cover of one of the CanCon icons' greatest songs. You can hear their version of "Ahead by a Century" online now.
The acoustic take on the Trouble at the Henhouse classic is delivered without drums, leaving Chris Cresswell's singing voice supported by gentle guitar strums. A statement from the Flatliners vocalist explains that they cut the cover yesterday (August 14) in Venice, Italy, during their tour of Europe. Learning the song led them to reflect on the enormous impact of the Hip and vocalist Gord Downie.
Chresswell wrote: "Through his years Gord has truly inspired a nation of thinkers, believers, and dreamers - always inspiring us to be creative, providing the soundtrack to our good times, and also helping us through the tough ones."
The cover is streaming below and available to purchase through digital retailers. All proceeds will go towards the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital.
As previously reported, the Tragically Hip's current tour behind new album Man Machine Poem will be their last, as frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Their final show is this Saturday (August 20) at Kingston, ON's Rogers K-Rock Centre.