Jan 042011

You probably didn’t think you were in desperate need of a soaring indie cover of America’s “Ventura Highway,” but you were. Now, courtesy of Samuel Ramos of Fort deClare, you have one. The song began life as a nice little acoustic folk song. Ramos amps it up though, making it perfect for a drive through the countryside – although he’d much prefer you used headphones.

The cover starts off simply enough, repeating the main guitar hook on a reverb-laden electric guitar with some nice acoustic strumming helping to build up the song’s steam before it fades out for the verse. Once the chorus hits, the song explodes into grand post-rock theatrics. Huge, crunchy guitar lays the foundation while the vocals and various other effects float on top.

“I heard the riff, learned how to play it, and thought it would be cool to do,” Ramos tells us. “I was originally just going to do an acoustic version that was basically the original without the bass and drums, but when I was air guitaring the riff, I slowed it down, imagined a shaker being added to it, and just kept adding layer upon layer of ideas.”

Cover Me gives you the first listen below.

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