The beautiful synth pop from the band CHVRCHES often plays on the disconnect between singer Lauren Mayberry’s sweet vocals and heavy, almost industrial, backing tracks. It’s not the most obvious cover material for Muse, a band spawned out of the mid-’90s alt rock movement, but Muse recently played a cover of CHVRCHES’ “Lies” for the BBC Live Lounge.
The result is better than you might expect. Muse come crashing out of the gates immediately with an all out synth and guitar attack. The song is immediately more aggressive than the original, including Matt Bellamy’s vocals. The guitars are on point throughout, including a short feedback-fed solo. The final 20 seconds or so really devolves into noise in the best possible way. Muse’s rendition reveals that with just a little tweaking a CHVRCHES pop song can easily be reimagined as something louder and darker. Listen via the video below.
Check out more from Muse at their website or on tour this winter. CHVRCHES new album is out this Friday, September 25th.