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The Contortionist cover Smashing Pumpkins' 1979

The Contortionist
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US prog metallers The Contortionist have released a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins 1995 hit 1979. You can watch the video in full below.

"We’re very excited to release a video for our cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' timeless song 1979," singer Michael Lessard, who also directed the video, tells Prog. "It’s a song that we all grew up with and hold dear to our hearts. It felt only fitting to use footage from the growing years of the band for this one."

1979 is taken from the band's Our Bones EP, which was released last year through Entertainment One. The band will tour North America later this year as support to Devin Townsend.

 "We couldn’t be happier to finally be sharing the stage with a Devin Townsend and Haken," says Lessard. "We’ve been working on some new things to bring to our live show, so we’re excited this is the tour we get to do that!"

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.