Regardless of how you feel about the ubiquitous Katy Perry, there’s little denying that her songs are catchy. “Firework” is no exception, with its throbbing strings and club beat. The District, in this exclusive video of their cover, gives the song a very different kind of organic feeling.
The band, comprised of Paul Hammer (half of Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore), Ron Pope, Zach Berkman, Mike Clifford, Chris Kienel, and Will Frish, is one of those storied groups of friends who are all accomplished musicians. Their existence as The District, however, has its origins in a winter locked away on Cape Cod (from which they got the title of their debut album, Wellfleet), during which they “wrote songs, drank whiskey, [and] played blues in the middle of the night.”
This genesis story shines through in their music and they deliver a laid-back, Americana sound where Perry consistently brings a bombastic party. They make the song feel “like the fourth of July” more in the vein of a backyard barbecue than a holiday in Vegas. The arrangement brings in banjo and mandolin along with three guitars and a soft but persistent drumbeat. Watch the video below, exclusively via Cover Me.
The District – Firework (Katy Perry cover)
Buy the “Firework” cover on iTunes.