It’s always fun to find out why artists decide to cover the particular songs they do. In the case of the spontaneous teamup of The Vaccines and Noah and the Whale, the reason was simple: “I don’t know the lyrics to very many songs,” said Noah frontman Charlie Fink on Britain’s Triple J radio before performing the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind?” As always, we get the typical radio banter with the DJ talking endlessly and the band just ready to get the show on the road already, but, when they finally do, it’s a treat.
The artists, who seem to function nicely as one unit, don’t change anything essential about the song, but they nicely add texture and some kind of light, laid-back approach to the vocals. As competent as the cover is, there’s no moment unhinged enough to make one actually wonder the titular question. Existential and psychological dilemmas notwithstanding, it’s a beautiful cover. Enjoy.
The Vaccines and Noah and the Whale – Where is My Mind? (Pixies Cover)