Our official list of the Best Cover Songs of 2017 comes next week. But first, we’re continuing the tradition we started last year by rounding up some of the songs it most killed us to cut in a grab-bag post. No ranking, no writing, just a bunch of knockout covers.
It’s been a minute since Slothrust was last featured at Cover Me: three and a half years to be exact. But the bluesy trio is back on our radar with a new EP of cover songs, spearheaded (pun intended) by their excellent version of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”.
As we mentioned in our post on Slothrust’s version of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral”, the influences and song stylings of the band run the gamut, and the tracklist of the forthcoming EP Show Me How You Want It To Be reflects that. From Sabbath to Spears, Marcy Playground to Al Green, there’s not much of a theme to the album. But if all the songs are as solid as “Baby One More Time”, the theme might just be “great covers”.
Does it make sense that music school graduates who cut their teeth in jazz bands and are now in a band led by a guitarist who cites John Fahey as a major influence would cover Black Sabbath? Slothrust is that band, and their cover of “Electric Funeral” is faithful to the original while delivering the song with more energy and intensity than Black Sabbath did in 1970.
Fans of Slothrust may be used to their varied influences and assorted output. They also cover The Turtles’ “Happy Together” and have a video inspired by Britney Spears’ struggles with stardom. Set aside all the strangeness and Slothrust becomes a tight rock and roll band with droll vocals and just the right amount of guitar heroics. Watch them take on Black Sabbath below.
Find out more about Slothrust at their website.