Move over, Breaking Benjamin. While they did a perfectly serviceable acoustic cover of Tool’s “Prison Sex” that made its way online earlier this week, they just got blown away by a group of kids who mostly weren’t alive when BB’s first album came out in 2002. The OKeefe Music Foundation is a non-profit music organization that aims to teach children about the recording and music industry by recording them and releasing their music, showing them the process of how music is made. Their latest video, a cover of Tool’s “Sober,” is stunning for several reasons.
First of all, the kids are great. 14 year-old singer and rhythm guitarist Kala has come a long way since 2013, when OKeefe’s first viral Tool cover, of “46 and 2,” debuted. Children as young as two are in the video. Secondly, the arrangement is unique. Starting off with pump organ, the song has enough liberties taken with it that it’s markedly different from the original in a refreshing, but not jarring way. And when Adam Jones of Tool himself weighs in, like he did on Facebook, you know there’s something there. Last year, OKeefe crowdfunded successfully crowdfunded the creation of the “Sober” cover, and now they’re doing it again to put their version of the song out on vinyl. Money will also be used to perform other covers, with suggestions of songs by Danzig, Slipknot, and even The Neverending Story soundtrack.
Along with the “Sober” cover, there’s also a video for this specific campaign, a tongue in cheek video featuring one of the kids stick fighting to make money. You can view that below, and head over to the crowdfunding page if you’re so inclined. It’s not clear when the campaign started, but it’s already raised nearly $11,000 of the $20,000 it’s seeking.