Nonpoint has been known to throw a creative cover or two into their repertoire, and this week they’ve added a big one to the official canon.
“When Doves Cry” is a reimagining of the 1984 hit by Prince and the Revolution from the album Purple Rain. Nonpoint’s rocked-up version hit streaming services on Nov. 1 accompanied by a music video helmed by Francesca Ludikar.
“Our fans throughout the years have always had a quiet romance with the songs we like to cover,” says Nonpoint Vocalist Elias Soriano. “Seeing that our biggest showing in that category — our cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ — was a suggestion from a friend and fan of the band, we thought it only fitting we let all our fans have a chance to throw their hats in the ring this time. So, in the middle of a global pandemic, we threw up a bracket-style voting tournament with a list of contenders from Metallica to DMX.”
Ultimately, the potential field for covers was narrowed down to Prince’s “When Doves Cry” or Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.”
“When they chose Prince, the real work began,” Soriano says. “We went through version after version. We knew we had to do it justice in the biggest way we could as a tribute to Prince and still make it Nonpoint. I’m happy to report from initial response among the few who have heard it is exciting and we look forward to our fans singing it for years to come.”
Nonpoint will hit the road in January for a fresh run of tour dates, including Shiprocked 2022.