Any band from Asbury Park has an obvious choice to make. You can run like hell from any Boss comparisons or embrace your city’s favorite son. Levy & the Oaks has chosen the latter, healthier option on a new cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire,” premiering below.
“I’m on Fire” is one of Springsteen’s most-covered songs, and the first few guitar strums might make you expect another paint-by-numbers Americana version. But the moment Lou Panico starts singing, it becomes something special. He may hail from Springsteen’s stomping grounds, but he is not too beholden to tradition, changing the song’s melody and rhythm to make it his own.
“I moved to Asbury Park 3 years ago,” Panico says. “There’s something so special about it. It’s unlike any place in New Jersey. The rock and roll culture is alive and well. The music scene is enormous and extremely supportive. At a time where I was convinced rock and roll was dead, Asbury revitalized me. I thought to myself, who do I have to thank for this amazing place? Well, there’s only one person to thank and that person is Bruce Springsteen. This song is my personal ‘thank you’ to Bruce for helping sculpt such an amazing community; a place I am proud to call home.
“‘I’m On Fire’ is my favorite Springsteen song. There’s something so sexy about it. There’s something eerie about it. The song is effortless, yet extremely powerful. The song is everything you want as a songwriter. When the simplest song can bring an arena to tears, you know you’re on to something.”
Listen to Levy & the Oaks’ cover of “I’m on Fire” exclusively below.
Levy & The Oaks’ ‘Out Of The Blue’ EP comes out May 19th. Pre-order it on iTunes.