It’s hard to know what to expect from the AV Club’s Undercover series. With twenty-five cover performances each season, we’re treated to an interesting melange of genres and approaches, from the sincere to the weird to the bitingly sardonic. It’s always a surprise and always a treat, and Frontier Ruckus’s take on Third Eye Blind‘s “Semi-Charmed Life” is no exception. The band kicks off the track with a deep slow bass drum, singing saw, horns, and melancholic vocals that seem to fit the song’s themes more than the original ever did, before launching into Third Eye Blind’s pop-rock feel (with the addition of banjos!).
For most, Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” brings to mind raunchy teen comedies of the 90s or one of the first NOW compilations. The upbeat and catchy song is hardly ever cited for its dark lyrics, which talk about crystal meth use and the inability to escape the addiction (yeah – Google it). The C’Mons, however, took a stripped down approach to the 90s anthem, revealing a little more of its darker tone.