When that bass starts thumping in Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” you inevitably run through a checklist: turn up the volume, get a little head bump going, and inevitably find yourself singing along with Stevie and Lindsey. All three of these things always happen, whether it be while listening to the original tune, a true-to-the-original cover (such as Loch Lomond’s version), or a country-esque recast, such as Toronto folk collective Bruce Peninsula’s.
This particular rendition, which was recently recorded for Daytrotter, adds a fourth action to the list: post-aural contemplation. Although dreamier than the original, the song still captures the beautiful vocal harmony and ramps it up right when you want it to. The bass comes creeping in, a soft brush drum sweeps in, and then a smooth guitar enters. Frontman Neil Haverty enters the scream-along-anthem with rough vocals, helping the listener kick off both numbers three and four on the checklist.
Let us know what you think of the cover below, and be sure to check out Bruce Peninsula’s website.