GUNSHIP darkly covers The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” for Halloween

Covering iconic artists like The Beatles is not something any artist should take lightly, or in many cases, attempt. Synthwave artists GUNSHIP have not only risen to the challenge, they’ve done the legendary classic “Eleanor Rigby” justice.  With a cover of that track releasing today in time for Halloween, October 28, 2020, the UK-based retro-futurists have added their own sinister, modern spin on the track, which isn’t exactly a walk in the park. Hear GUNSHIP’s dark take on the classic here: https://gunship.ffm.to/eleanorrigby.

“The song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ really is a sad and extremely poignant song, dealing with issues of disillusionment, loneliness, and isolation in society,” says Dan Haigh of GUNSHIP. “‘Look at all the lonely people‘ is a lyric that has stuck with us forever. We wondered about a modern day Eleanor Rigby, and what it would be like if a character like her was alive today and experiencing 2020.”

With an extra poignancy added for social distancing and how it’s affecting people – especially those living alone – during the pandemic, “Eleanor Rigby”’s plight of loneliness has special significance. The current level of anxiety coupled with the proximity to Halloween was the optimal time for GUNSHIP to plan the release of the single.  “We felt some of the song’s themes dovetailed closely with the contemporary negative revelations surrounding the mass adoption of social media, phone addiction and the proliferation of the ‘pseudo-connections’ these platforms provide,” he explains. “The artwork for our cover version shows a young ‘Eleanor Rigby’, illuminated by her device, dependent on it, manipulated by it, and totally in the clutches of addiction to it. Given the current situation we felt the song would make a suitable cover for Halloween.”