Brendan Shanahan

Brendan works and lives in Adelaide, Australia. Interested in all kinds of music (there are few he won't listen to), he's trying to find the best album in the world through the process of elimination. He's interested in covers that re-invigorate and elevate the original song, rather than those just used as filler (I'm looking at you 50s and 60s pop music albums!) Follow him on twitter.

Sep 132022
dnce hilary duff

A Hilary Duff single is not one that is regularly given (or ever, I would think) the cover treatment, but dance-rock band DNCE have done just that.

Released as a 50 second clip on Tiktok, Joe Jonas’s current band show that the very 2000s-sounding original may actually have been a sleeping banger after all. Stripped back to just a vocal, simple drums (the man is hitting an empty tissue box) and an acoustic guitar, the track sounds like it could slot into any upbeat cafe or bar playlist.

Check out the cover below:

@dnce LET THE RAIN FALL DOWN 🌧 WE’RE COMING CLEAN @hilaryduff ♬ original sound – DNCE

Aug 292022
halestorm hello

After the recent release of their new album Back from the Dead and ahead of festival performances later in the year, hard-rockers Halestorm jumped back into the studio to cover Adele‘s massive hit “Hello” at the request of a fan. The fan requested they cover the track as they were “curious to as to how yall [sic] can put a metal spin on it.” While the band only uploaded a 50 second clip of their cover, it’s safe to say they nailed the brief.
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Aug 152022
Cassyette As It Was

On her recent appearance on the BBC Radio 1 show Future Sounds, English singer-songwriter Cassyette performed three tracks: her singles “Sad Girl Summer” and “Mayhem,” plus a cover of Harry Styles’ recent hit “As It Was.”

While the original is bright and boppy AM rock, Cassyette incorporates a tense cello bassline, with choppy violins contributing to an uneasy feel to this track. Her vocal is strong and clear through the main chorus, as the violins join in with the sense of lament and dread. It’s certainly a great way to flip an original on its head. I do hope it finds its way onto streaming services soon. Continue reading »

Aug 012022
wet leg smoko

For their recent appearance on Australian radio station Triple J’s Like A Version series, Isle of Wight indie-rockers Wet Leg covered much loved local band The Chats’ track ‘Smoko’. Given frontwoman Rhian Teasdale’s ‘too-cool-for-you’ vocal style, as evident on their massive hit “Chaise Lounge,” I had wondered how this would translate against The Chat’s almost oppressive Australian accents and pub rock aggression. Continue reading »

Jul 192022
The Veldt Check Out Your Mind

Ahead of the release of their new album, Entropy is the Mainline to God, veteran New York rockers The Veldt have released a cover of The Impressions’ “Check Out Your Mind” as a single.

Penned by Curtis Mayfield, this classic of psychedelic soul somehow maintains the same pace, but becomes drenched in a druggy, sludgy mix of guitars and keyboards. The vocals float through the middle of the mix, making you feel like you can’t tell which way is up, down, left or right – and that’s without some mind-enhancing substances. Continue reading »

Jul 052022
Amy Lee & Dave Stewart

Evanescence’s lead singer Amy Lee has teamed up with Eurythmics lead Dave Stewart to release a cover of the Everly Brothers 1960 song, ‘Love Hurts’, released as part of the Hey Doll Baby online festival that celebrates the life and work of the Everly Brothers. Continue reading »