We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The Great Russian Empire’s cover of Cop Shoot Cop’s song “If Tomorrow Ever Comes” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Low Ends, which is scheduled to be released on September 8th and will be available in digital format via Bandcamp, along with the CD version presented in a gatefold digi-sleeve.
TGRE bassist Benoît Forté comments:
“I knew Tod A. from CSC wrote all the songs so I got in touch with him about 2 years ago. He gave me his blessing on recording our version of ‘If Tomorrow Ever Comes.’ TGRE was born the first I heard CSC, about 25 years ago. Just didn’t know it yet at the time.”
“Revolution brought us bass guitar. Bass guitar brought us The Great Russian Empire.”
The Great Russian Empire (TGRE) is a dark rock collective from Montreal QC, born of a desire to create music in an environment where guitars don’t exist. This project features a double-bass approach from bassist Benoît Forté (The Lonely Sidewalkers/Coco Méliès/ex-Fallstaf/ex-North East Bistro) and bassist Nicolas Miquelon (Norilsk/Mortör/ex-Kintra).
The project is bred by the 1980’s new wave and early 1990’s alternative genre, by way of modern folk and various rock influences. Its bass orientation carries something different at its core, although familiar in its construction and arrangements. Far from referencing a pastiche, The Great Russian Empire’s name is a wink to the collective and eclectic nature of this musical venture.
TGRE released a first single, “Pig’s Blood” in 2014, to showcase the new entity’s persona. After revisiting the song’s arrangements, writing more material, and adding a few soldiers to its ranks (either permanent or session musicians), the collective re-entered the studio to assemble Low Ends. Dark in content, the EP’s lyrics are crafted around tragic personal events, and layered with vocals, violin and cello.