It is a wonder bands are still covering Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” not only because so many others have done it – heck, we saw three in September alone – but because of the lyrical content of the lyrics. The original does a good job of hiding the dark school-shooting scenario of lyrics behind what might be the catchiest and most (seemingly) upbeat song of 2011. Miracles of Modern Science keep with this poppy trend somewhat with their recently released cover, but in an entirely different manner.
Miracles of Modern Science, unlike most pop bands, does not have a guitarist, or keyboards, or what could be considered a full drum kit. Instead, the band plays only mandolin, violin, cello, standup bass, and drums. The result? A danceable cover that involves hand claps and a cappalla singing. The cover ends in quiet and somber strings, a somewhat honest reflection of the lyrics before the band breaks out in laughter. Let us know in the comments which of the “Pumped Up Kicks” covers ranks number one for you.
Miracles of Modern Science – Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People cover)
More Miracles of Modern Science can be heard over on its website.