Alt-rock veterans Local H are pretty far removed from yacht rock, but on their upcoming covers album Local H’s Awesome Quarantine Mix-Tape #3, they tackle one of the early staples of the genre: Looking Glass’s 1972 hit “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).” As anyone who remembers Local H’s grunge-era hits could probably guess, it doesn’t sound much like the original.
Singer-guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding dial the distortion up to 11, turning it almost into a loud-quiet-loud Pixies song. No surprise there; Lucas told us last year that his favorite cover ever was by the Pixies. They do keep a bit of the original yachty flavor, though, courtesy of the backing vocals. This song and the others on the album were expanded from Scott’s quarantined solo sessions (we posted a couple of them here and here).