I have a higher tolerance for pop covers than most people, but I figured Justin Bieber’s megahit “Baby” was just too awful to ever be listenable. I was wrong. Utah-based new wavers give the song a doo-wop soul shine, going so far as to mix in a little “Stand By Me.” And it works!
The band played the tune for Billboard’s “Mashup Mondays” series and made no secret of the reasoning behind the choice. “We might as well cover something people are enjoying right now,” mohawked frontman Tyler Glenn says at video’s end. This mentality generally leads to awful, terrible covers, but the quintet bucked the trend. I’m in shock that I am enjoying “Baby” in any form, but there’s no denying this energy. Peep the video and download the MP3 below.