The members of New York’s PS22 Chorus are arguably some of the most famous fifth graders in the world. They’ve racked up 42 million views and counting on Youtube, where they post their covers of artists from Matisyahu to Kylie Minogue. Last week they shared the stage with Sinead O’Connor at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, opening her show with their take on Gotye‘s much-covered “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Staten Island, New York children’s chorus PS22 Chorus has done it again. After covering artists like MGMT (when they, appropriately enough, covered the band’s hit “Kids”) and Phoenix (with their gorgeous, down tempo cover of “Lisztomania”), the fifth-graders continue amping up their indie cred with a cover of Toronto “It” band Austra‘s “Energy”.
By now you’ve probably seen the video of Anne Hathaway and some Hollywood-types inviting Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus to the Oscars. That video acts as a sure sign, if one was needed, that this mass of fifth graders has “made it.” They’ll be performing the 1939 Judy Garland classic “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, which airs on February 27.
Those loveable scamps from PS22 are at it again! This time the hippest kiddie choir in the world (sorry, Glee) delivers a song about themselves—kind of—with an ultra-enthusiastic cover of MGMT‘s 2007 hit “Kids.” Choir director Gregg Breinberg takes on double duty as child-wrangler and keyboardist, but the biggest instrumental props must go to drummer Marquis for rocking that hi-hat.
Technically speaking, this rendition of “Kids” isn’t the most precise cover ever (though the choir certainly shows more gusto than Rivers Cuomo did), but when you consider the ages of the performers and the heart they inject into the songs—plus how gosh-darn cute it is—it’s tough to be too critical. Check it out below and let us know what you think!
We’ve posted tons of MGMT covers over the years. Covers of “Kids,” “Time to Pretend,” and “Electric Feel.” All these songs have one thing in common: they hail from the band’s acclaimed debut Oracular Spectacular. Last year’s sophomore follow-up Congratulations was met with critical confusion and no such cover love. Until now.
America’s obsession with choirs covering popular hits has been growing with intensity over the last several years. Just look at the television sensation Glee, the Academy Award/Hollywood darlings of PS22 Chorus, and even those crappy group song nights on American Idol. However, last year audiences were introduced to a different kind of choir in a haunting trailer for the movie, The Social Network. Sung by an all-female Belgian group, the Scala and Kolacny Brothers’ ethereal cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” played over the montage. Their unique take on this oft-covered tune became an overnight sensation.
The United States may just be catching on, but the Scala choir has been creating chilling cover songs since 1996. With five studio albums under their belts in Europe, Scala is finally reaching across the pond. In addition to their North American tour that begins next month, the group finally released their album in the U.S. Boasting thirteen tracks from their previous overseas albums, Scala and Kolacny Brothers is a great introduction to some of their best material.