JuiceheaD and Osaka Popstar teamed up to record a cover of Fugazi‘s classic “Waiting Room” for a new single due out on Record Store Day. “I reached out to [Fugazi’s label] Dischord about covering the song and eventually had the pleasure of speaking to [Fugazi singer] Ian MacKaye personally about it,” says Osaka Popstar leader John Cafiero. “Conceptually it was intimidating, because talking to Ian MacKaye about covering ‘Waiting Room’ is like walking on metaphorical hallowed ground. But he’s truly someone that lives up to his ethos.”
“To me, ‘Waiting Room’ is truly a punk anthem and indicative of the indie music movement in general,” says Cafiero. “I’m proud to have the chance to ignite a flame in its honor for Record Store Day. I don’t think the song, the artwork created for this release by Shepard Fairey, or the intention of everyone and everything surrounding this project, for that matter, could be any more perfectly suited to the cause.”
JuiceheaD X Osaka Popstar’s version of “Waiting Room” will be available at independent record stores on April 21st, but you can stream it for free on RollingStone.com.