This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Today’s set begins all in the family, ends with some lo-fi indie favorites, and takes an unexpected detour to a folk hip-hop medley in the middle. You know, just another week on Bandcamp.
Surely you remember late-‘80s hair metal band Bastille, right? No? It’s okay – pretty much no one does. Except for their relatives, that is. The Forgonian Twins, which includes two sons and a nephew of the original band members, dig up “Love Ain’t,” not-so-famously performed on MTV Yamaha Rock back in the day. Maybe there was something to these guys after all.
Speaking of offspring…Julian Lennon. The third most famous Lennon released a new single last month and it’s already got a cover. Javier Conde lays the schmaltz on thick, but for an unabashedly sappy song, the strings and heavy emoting work.
Shananogans (aka. Shannon Bodrogi) delivers a gem on her “Thug Medley.” Over-enthusiastic acoustic strumming, she blends Lil Jon, Flo Rida, Eminem, and a ton more tough-guy rap hits in a silly medley.
Santa Barbara quartet Howlin’ Woods’ new EP rediscovers an old Kurt Vile song from before he signed to Matador. It’s marginally less lo-fi than the acoustic original, not to mention significantly longer. Nothing says garage-rock revival like a kalimba.
Slowcore favorites Low have gotten some pretty fawning press this year for their quasi-comeback C’mon. This one looks back a little farther though, to 2001’s Things We Lost in the Fire. The British post-rock quartet Her Name Is Calla keep things slow, quiet, and haunting. In other words…Low.
Check out previous installments here.