Surprise reveals are commonplace in the ecosystem of music today but this new drop is huge. John Purkey, a friend of Kurt Cobain‘s, has shared about two hours worth of unreleased Nirvana demos.
Purkey originally received the music from Cobain himself in the ’80s, in the form of four cassette tapes. The music therein predates Dave Grohl‘s entry into the band and features drumming from the Dale Crover, who now bangs the kit for The Melvins and Chad Channing. Some of the material can be found in a more fleshed-out and developed form in Nirvana’s debut album Bleach as well as the odds-and-ends compilation Incesticide.
Why Purkey is sharing the music now is not known. For a long time, he stored the tapes in a metal box that he kept in a larger metal box. In any case, the musicverse is better off for his magnanimity.
Check out the lot below.