When Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem covers a song, he generally looks to classic rock– Tom Petty, the Clash, and, of course, Springsteen. When he latches onto a cheesy pop song though, man oh man. We heard him deliver lightning in a bottle once a few years ago with his stunning version of Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up.” Now he does it again with the Horrible Crowes, his new band with guitar tech Ian Perkins. They played their first show ever last night at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and let loose with a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”
Don’t expect that someone who wears his tattooed heart so firmly on his sleeve is singing this ironically though. “It’s not a bad song if it’s awesome,” he reportedly said. The gritty, bar rock performance makes it awesome indeed. Someone captured a video of the performance. It’s far away, but the sound is good. Watch it below.
The Horrible Crowes – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry cover)
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