We already knew that DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith was a huge Kurt Cobain admirer. And it’s not a huge surprise that he also idolizes Elliott Smith, another sensitive, suicidal hero of ’90s underground rock. As Pitchfork points out, DIIV’s Smith and fellow DIIV member Colin Caulfield recently covered Elliott Smith’s “Ballad Of Big Nothing” in a live session for HERO Magazine, telling the site that his girlfriend Sky Ferreira recently gave him a guitar that Elliott Smith had owned. And DIIV’s Smith and Caulfield recently covered the very same song for France’s Maze magazine. In both videos, DIIV’s cover is way more halting and fragile than the original. The second cover also starts with a quick Sebadoh cover. Watch both DIIV versions of the song below.
DIIV’s new album Is The Is Are is out now on Captured Tracks.