K.Flay wonders how Fred Durst felt “deeply” with “Break Stuff” cover

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Between the new Woodstock ’99 documentary and their recent performance at Lollapalooza, Limp Bizkit and “Break Stuff” have been in the news lately, certainly more than anyone could’ve predicted for the year 2021. Except for K.Flay, apparently.

The “Blood in the Cut” rocker, born Kristine Flaherty, released her take on “Break Stuff” for a ’90s-themed covers EP late last year, along with versions of Green Day‘s “Brain Stew” and The Offspring‘s “Self Esteem.” As Flaherty tells ABC Audio, she didn’t cover “Break Stuff” for any nostalgic reasons — in fact, she wasn’t even listening to Limp Bizkit during the glory days of nu metal.

“People are coming into that music at this point with baggage,” Flaherty says. “For me, I wasn’t, really. I was coming in with more fresh eyes, but certainly with an awareness of the history and the context.”

Instead, Flaherty felt a kinship with “Break Stuff’s” immortal opening line, which felt especially relevant amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the beginning of COVID, every morning I was, like, ‘Yeah, it’s just one of those days. You don’t wanna wake up, everything is f***ed, and everybody sucks,'” she laughs. “And I thought, ‘God, I’ve never felt that before in my life, why do I feel that way?’ And it’s because I’m really depressed.”

That moment of self-reflection then led her to explore a nominally surface-level lyric with more empathy.

“If I feel depressed and these lyrics are relatable, I wonder how Fred Durst felt when he was writing the song?” she recalls thinking. “Deeply, not like, ‘I’m wearing a hat and khakis and I’m screaming!’ But, like, actually, inside of his heart, how did he feel?” 

Along with the covers EP, K.Flay also released a new, original EP called Inside Voices in June.

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