Back in September, we posted a shaky live cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” by the Horrible Crowes, the new project by the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon and guitar tech Ian Perkins. Now, they’ve covered Perry’s song live at WFUV radio in New York, and listeners can get a way better idea of how well these guys rock Perry’s pop tune. While it may seem like a strange choice for the band, Fallon hits every note in Perry’s tune with such effortless charisma that listeners are bound to ask for more genre crossing covers from the Crowes in the future.
When Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem covers a song, he generally looks to classic rock– Tom Petty, the Clash, and, of course, Springsteen. When he latches onto a cheesy pop song though, man oh man. We heard him deliver lightning in a bottle once a few years ago with his stunning version of Kelly Clarkson’s “I Do Not Hook Up.” Now he does it again with the Horrible Crowes, his new band with guitar tech Ian Perkins. They played their first show ever last night at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and let loose with a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”