Live Through This: ‘Royal City’ homages ’90s alternative album covers

Jeff Lemire recruits Jeffrey Brown, Emi Lenox, Nate Powell and more to pay tribute to album covers by Weezer, Hole and more.

The second story arc for Jeff Lemire’s excellent Royal City will take the Pike family back to the early 1990s, and to help set the mood, Lemire has enlisted a bunch of great artists to draw music album tribute covers.

“This new arc takes a major shift as the story jumps back to the year 1993 and we follow the last week in the life of Tommy Pike!” Lemire wrote on his blog. “Meet the Pike siblings when they were all just teenagers in the 90’s and the tragedy that will come to haunt their family is still in the future.”

Issue #6 will feature Jeffrey Brown paying homage to Sonic Youth’s Goo:

Here’s the original album cover:

And Emi Lenox will draw a cover based on Hole’s Live Through This:

Nate Powell covers issue #8, featuring the Weezer homage at the top of the post. Other artists slated for covers include Dustin Nguyen and Ray Fawkes; Pitchfork says the series will also pay tribtue to albums by Portishead, the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, so we’ll have to see who ends up drawing what.

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