Adding his name to the long list of artists covering tracks by New Zealand sensation Lorde, a list which already includes Bruce Springsteen and Chvrches, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has taken a novel approach for his cover version of the smash hit Royals, playing it on the accordion.
According to the audience member who posted the video (below), the concert was held in Takoma Park, Maryland in support of the Fair Vote Campaign, a movement advocating vote reform in the US. Novoselic played his instrumental version of Royals alongside performances from DC bands the Cowards Choir and the Beanstalk Library.
Rolling Stone reports, since the end of Nirvana, Novoselic has dedicated much of his musical time to the accordion, even playing the instrument on Foo Fighters‘ 2011 track I Should Have Known. He told the publication, he even tried to make the accordion his instrument when he teamed with Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney on their Sound City track Cut Me Some Slack. “I wanted to play accordion, and everyone was ‘Nooo,'” he said.
Watch: Krist Novoselic plays Lorde’s “Royals” on the Accordion