May 262011

There’s no shortage of covers of Radiohead’s classic, “Creep.” Oftentimes they’re one thing or another, focusing on some element of the original without the rest. There’s that guitar, rocking and grungy, juxtaposed against Thom Yorke’s steady vocals. Some bands take on the distortion, others the softer side. Both approaches typically do a fair job of capturing some of the song’s creepiness (pun intended).

Boston’s Bent Knee takes on the song in a way that is different, yet, somehow, inevitable. Rather than laying low on the verse and screaming through the chorus, the band powers through the verses with the howl of the guitars and Courtney Swain’s vocals, and then brings the hush on the chorus. Between the perfect switch-up and the ambient elements that pop up, the cover is both familiar and new and certainly a treat to listen to.

MP3: Bent Knee – Creep (Radiohead Cover)
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