There’s been a long-standing, at times insufferable debate as to whether or not My Chemical Romance were an really an emo band. While that description was accurate in terms of the lyrical sentiments, it didn’t reflect their actual sound, a manic mix of early Queen, Iron Maiden, The Misfits and The Smiths. But no matter where they’re categorized, for some listeners coming of age and not fitting during the early noughts, they were the only band that mattered. While their signature song “Welcome To The Black Parade” was epically bombastic and capable of driving moms crazy, it also had an unfailingly earnest, empathetic and melodic heart beating inside of it.
The Swedish sister duo may be a lot of things, but afraid to approach a song from a different angle is definitely not one of them.
Frequent Triple J Like a Version visitors The Maccabees returned to the studio this week for another live session. Last time they stopped by the studio, they covered The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy.” During this visit, they reached a little further into the musical past and performed Neil Diamond‘s oft-covered track “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”
While Chairlift is perhaps best known for “Bruises” — a 2008 single featured in an iPod Nano commercial — the Brooklyn-based synth-pop band has since moved on to bigger and better things. Last month saw the release of their sophomore album, Something, and with new music came more recent appearances, including a performance of Beyoncé‘s “Party” on the Triple J radio series, “Like a Version.”
In support of their current tour and slot in Australia’s RECONciliation BEATS! festival, Aussie folk-inspired pop duo Busby Marou stopped over at Triple J’s Like A Version and covered Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which seems to be undergoing a comeback with other new covers by Gerard Daley and Relient K.
Darwin Deez, the man and the band, started making waves in the UK in late 2009 and embarked on a world tour this year. During an interview on Australia’s Triple J radio, Deez described his music as “alternative, homemade indie pop.” He then launched into a bit praising the perks of his first tour, many of which are a little too spicy for a family publication like Cover Me (so listen here).
The group originally planned to cover “Stronger” by Kanye West, but scrapped it (a bummer, since it’s always interesting to see how artists interpret Mr. West’s songs). Deez offered no reason for the change, choosing “Scar Tissue” as the replacement simply because he’s “in a Red Hot Chili Peppers phase.” The band’s cover was faithful to the original other than a lyrical change to reference the Anthony Kiedis-Dave Navarro kiss in the Peppers’ “Warped” video.