In what is likely to be one of the most interesting cover I’ll hear all week, Road to Manila seamlessly takes on Bon Iver’s Perth.
With this interpretation, Road to Manila offers a welcome change to a beautiful track. The soft, wispy and ephemeral quality that is Bon Iver is still present, but is starkly contrasted with Nicolai Lindegaard’s passionate wailing in lieu of Justin Vernon’s signature falsetto cries. The drum beats a tad bit more aggressively and the distortion’s been turned up a notch, but there’s no mistaking the tune – it’s Perth, tackled from the other end of the music genre spectrum.
And in the event you were wondering what their name means, the band’s not sure either. The Danish five-piece explains: “Our former bass player came up with the name, and we don’t really know the story behind it – it has something to do with a war in the Philippines, but that’s all we know.” (via Absolute Punk)
For them, the name’s more reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. “Manila, in a sense, is just a kind of Neverland, and it’s all about finding Neverland.