Covers You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now
Denzel Curry - “Bulls On Parade” by Rage Against The Machine
Earlier this year, Florida-bred rapper Denzel Curry revealed his surprising cover song choice at a Australian radio station, triple j, during their “Like A Version” sessions. Rage Against The Machine are known for their hard rock anthems while still incorporating elements of metal, rap & funk. If you watch Curry’s performance, he is just as vocally strong & energetic as Rage’s lead singer, Zack de la Rocha was in the 90’s. Although, Curry (like myself), was only born in ’95, there still is that great sense of nostalgia being brought back while also being introduced to younger generations. Curry wrapped up his tour across America with singer, Billie Eilish, this summer & will now be traveling overseas for an all-inclusive European headlining tour. He’s definitely an artist you’re gonna want to keep an eye out for if you haven’t been already!
State Champs - “Real World” by Matchbox Twenty
Speaking of nostalgia, State Champs recently released one of the tracks off of “Songs That Saved My Life: Vol 2” the other week & they couldn’t have done a better job of mastering a Matchbox classic. Another 90’s throwback in the era of Barenaked Ladies, Hootie & The Blowfish, Goo Goo Dolls & Vertical Horizon… aka: some of the best of dad jams, if you will. Champs also gifted us a music video in addition to the single release; heavily inspired by the original “Real World” music video (including the llama). State Champs will be hitting the road on their dual-headlining tour with Simple Plan soon with special guests We The Kings & Northbound. So, don’t forget to stop by!
Catfish & The Bottlemen - “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West (ft. “Shoot The Runner” by Kasabian & “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys)
Although, this one dates back 4 years ago, I need to include it because it is just such a brilliant, eclectic mashup that I’ve yet to see anyone else do seamlessly. Into the realm of the alternative indie scene, Catfish & The Bottlemen entered the BBC Radio1 Live Lounge in 2014 with a rendition of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” with the twist of some Black Keys & Kasabian thrown into the mix. The very clearly British band have been touring pretty much nonstop since their 2 year hiatus, which ended earlier this year with their latest album release, “The Balance.” It seems as though they’ve exhausted all of America & will be heading back to the UK & Europe to finish the year with some just as entertaining headlining shows.
Doll Skin - “Shake It Out” by Florence & The Machine
I was absolutely stoked when I heard about Doll Skin covering Florence because it truly was a combination I didn’t know could exist. Another single from Volume 2 of “Songs That Saved My Life,” is Doll Skin’s cover of Florence & The Machine & let me tell you… goosebumps. The original song is, of course, beautiful & triumphant and you just wonder how anyone could ever really match that power. Well, Doll Skin did it. In their own, rocked out, hands clapping, head banging way— they did that. It feels just as beautiful & triumphant. Not only do these ladies kickass in the studio, they are even more kickass live. If you know what’s good for you, you will see them on tour this fall with With Confidence, Seaway, and Between You & Me.
The Maine - “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna
Lastly, had to include the masters of mastering wide-range covers: The Maine. This one also dates a couple years back, but it is definitely still noteworthy. The Arizona emo group released two EP’s solely dedicated to cover songs, literally called “Covers” Side A & B. One of the ones that stood out to me was their rendition of the Rihanna song, “Bitch Better Have My Money.” What was originally a hip-hop, club anthem was turned into this windows-down, sunshine song where I could actually understand the lyrics (don’t get me wrong I love Riri but sometimes I just smile & nod, y’know?) The other covers are also worth listening to, too, as they delve into some Shania Twain, New Radicals & even Backstreet Boys. The Maine is the energizer bunny of bands; they never stop! So, yes, they will be on tour soon. Starting next week, they will head out with Twin XL & Nick Santino for The Mirror Tour, where surprises & good times are guaranteed!