Julia Jacklin shares a gorgeous cover of Rowland S. Howard’s Shivers, a Boys Next Door classic.
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Today, Julia Jacklin reveals an extraordinary cover of Rowland S. Howard’s ‘Shivers’, putting her inspired and breathtaking spin on the track originally recorded by Howard and Nick Cave’s band The Boys Next Door. Jacklin’s glassy vocals drive the song, paying tribute to the raw emotion of the original while also giving it a new breath of life with her distinctive sound.
The cover came about when Jacklin was asked to contribute to a compilation celebrating legendary Australian producer Tony Cohen, who recorded the original version of ‘Shivers’, and numerous albums by The Birthday Party, The Go-Betweens, Hunters & Collectors, and Nick Cave. The compilation includes other Australian acts including RVG, Leah Senior and Grace Cummings, and accompanies a book about Cohen’s life called Half Deaf, Completely Mad, written by John Olson. Jacklin says of the release:
“It’s been covered a lot, but it’s a special one for me. It was one of the first songs I ever learnt to play. Many Sydney bars, venues and open mic nights have heard me sing this song. Howard wrote it at 16 and I’ve always loved how much the lyrics capture that type of unbridled, dramatic teenage infatuation. The kind that physically hurts but also makes you laugh at yourself.”
The Australian singer/songwriter will also make her long-awaited return to North America this summer including performances at Pitchfork Music Fest, Osheaga Music Festival and National’s Homecoming Festival alongside Pavement, Patti Smith, and Weyes Blood.
ABOUT JULIA JACKLIN
With over 300 million streams to her astonishing catalogue, Julia has been praised globally, with 10 ARIA nominations, an ARIA win for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’, an AIR Award for ‘Best Independent Blues & Roots Album’, a US Independent Music (Libera) Award for ‘Best Folk & Bluegrass Album’, debuts at #1 on the ARIA Australian Album and Vinyl charts, #2 on the Album chart and so much more!
PRE PLEASURE, Jacklin’s third body of work and home to fan favourites ‘I Was Neon’ and ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’, received a wave of love on release globally, reviewed by the likes of Pitchfork, The New York Times, Stereogum, NME and NPR Music. It appeared in an astounding amount of Best of 2022 lists, including #1 in NME’s Best Australian Albums of 2022 as well as gracing the lists of the AV Club , Paste, Uncut, Consequence, The Guardian, MOJO and more! ‘I Was Neon’ also received serious radio acclaim, with the track being added to full rotation on triple j and international support from BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 1, SiriusXMU, KEXP and KCRW. The album was nominated for 4 2022 ARIA Awards, with PRE PLEASURE winning ‘Best Adult Contemporary Album’ has also been nominated for A2IM’s Libera Awards 2023 for Best Folk Album.
Julia Jacklin – ‘Shivers’
Out now through Liberation Records