It’s no wonder that an artist might want to cover their favorite song by one of their favorite bands. It’s even less surprising when that favorite band is Death Cab for Cutie and the artist in question is touring with them. Such is precisely the case for Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s big day with cover tributes to his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
Prolific indie musician Ben Gibbard celebrates his 35th birthday on August 11. He’ll be spending the big day in Georgia, touring in support of Death Cab for Cutie’s latest release Codes and Keys; here at Cover Me we’re saluting him with five covers of his work by other artists. In light of his extensive catalogue with both Death Cab and electronic side project The Postal Service, there were a lot of options, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of the best.
For a few years in the early ‘90s, Oxford quartet Ride looked like they were about to break big. One of them did – Andy Bell, who left to join Oasis – but, after their 1995 break-up, the rest were left with one top-ten chart appearance (1992’s “Leave Them All Behind”) and a whole bunch of bad feelings about what might have been. Though they were situated right in the shoegaze-to-Britpop transition, the world moved on and mostly forgot about Ride.
Just in time for the release of Death Cab For Cutie’s new album Codes and Keys, soulful Detroit singer-songwriter Stewart Francke has released a rock and roll-infused cover of Death Cab’s 2006 song “I Will Follow You Into the Dark.” Francke heard the song through his 16-year old daughter constantly playing it with her friends, and soon grew to appreciate it enough to pay homage on his new album Heartless World (which features a guest spot from Bruce Springsteen).
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
After last week’s ten-track bonanza, we tried to keep things reasonable this week. It was tough though. The five tracks below take on sources both buzz-worthy (new Death Cab!) and obscure (1983 Eddie Jobson and the Zincs track). No two take a remotely similar approach, making this one of the most diverse sets we’ve had so far.
Live Collection brings together every live cover we can find from an artist. And we find a lot.
Over the past decade, Portland quintet the Decemberists have gone from indie darlings to indie darlings with a number-one album. This year’s The King is Dead took the band to new levels of commercial success, shining some national attention on a band whose name was once known only to the chamber pop-obsessed and English majors. It may not be too unfounded to compare this band’s story to that of R.E.M.’s in the ‘80s; in fact, given the unabashed fandom they display on The King is Dead, that’s a comparison they’d probably happily invite.
The collection of covers crooned by the Decemberists mostly betrays their too-cool-for-school nature. They seem to have hit all the requisites that prove you listened to hip music in the ’80s – the Velvet Underground, the Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen, etc. However, there’s a few genuine surprises here. Embarrassing reading of the Outfield‘s “Your Love” notwithstanding, there’s some real pleasure to be had in the band’s delight at ripping into Heart‘s “Crazy on You,” or in their surprisingly earnest rendition of Bad Company‘s “Feel Like Making Love.” Band leader Colin Meloy also turns in an intimate, slowed-down version of Cheap Trick‘s “Summer Girls” to great effect. Even the band’s usual bombast makes itself known in the 16-minute epic of Pink Floyd‘s “Echoes.”