Since its release a last fall, the Black Keys‘ “Lonely Boy” has become the duo’s biggest hit and gotten some covers attention from Australian musician Matt Corby. A new cover of the track debuted on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge this week, courtesy of British indie rockers The Maccabees. Live Lounge usually inspires high-quality covers, but the Brighton-based quintet offer an especially polished and creative take on “Lonely Boy.”
The Black Keys’ original track is a raspy slice of garage rock. The Maccabees polish its rough edges in favor of the glossier, gentler sound that characterizes their original songs. Orlando Weeks’ tentative, haunting vocals give the track a mysterious quality that is perfectly matched by anxious, swirling guitars. Watch the video of their performance below.
The Maccabees- Lonely Boy (Black Keys cover)