The pop hit “Closer” by The Chainsmokers (ft. Halsey) has taken over the nation and even inspired a series of memes because of how viral it’s gone. New York rock band In Loving Memory just put a heavy spin on the song and it’s just as if not more addicting than the original. Check out the music video for the song below and give the rest of In Loving Memory’s discography a listen!
Before becoming an international pop sensation, Fall Out Boy was another budding pop punk band in the underground music scene. This I Hate Heroes cover of “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” pays tribute to not only the 2013 version of the beloved band, but with it’s metalcore twist, reminds us that FOB helped influence a ton of musicians outside the mainstream. The I Hate Heroes cover stays true enough to the original, but makes the famous chart topper something to get down and dirty to. Check it out! And catch I Hate Heroes on tour if you can!
A large portion of Our Last Night’s discography is dedicated to covering pop songs. And for good reason: They’re damn good at it. Their latest cover video is of Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out.” Check out the heavy spin OLN put on this chillin’ beat, and let us know what you think! ‘Cuz our name’s Blurryface…
So a bunch of covers of The Weeknd‘s smash single “The Hills” have been surfacing lately, but here’s one you may not have known about that seriously rocks. They key to a “great” cover and not a “good” cover is reinvention and reinterpretation. Something You Whisper definitely achieve both these goals by blending the original track with some suspenseful rock ‘n’ roll elements. Electronic backbeats and soft melodies meet new heaviness and even a devilish little guitar solo for some super satisfying tension. Check out the video below and compare it to the original and let us know what you think!
We’ve featured The Animal In Me on here before for the same reason we’re doing it now: They make some kick ass covers of mainstream hits. Their latest cover is of Adele’s ultra popular “Hello.” Now, while Adele’s original is great in its own right, this heavy take on the song offers some awesome new depth. With The Animal In Me‘s cover, you not only get a full band sound and some backing screams for more edge, but there’s the added layer of having both a female and male vocalist. They take turns with some of the verses, and it adds an intriguing call-and-answer dimension to the break up anthem. Check out their live recording video of “Hello” below and jam out to the rest of their songs while you’re at it!
Fusing rap and metalcore has become something of a phenomenon over the last few years. MGK has been featured on Sleeping With Sirens‘ tracks, Ronnie Radke makes cameos in B. Lay‘s songs, and Punk Goes Crunk was strangely an entire album. Now, the metalcore outfit The Animal In Me has taken on turning Eminem‘s iconic comeback track “Rap God” into a djent-filled epic.
I’m not going to lie, when I saw that this band, known and lauded for their fantastic covers, was planning on attempting to cover “Rap God” I was extremely skeptical. However, after the first 30 seconds, I was sold. Check out the video below and let us know what you think of this unique spin on Eminem’s infamous “tongue-in-cheek fuck you.”
The only Taylor Gang I’m a part of is the unofficial and unashamed T. Swift fan club, so you can imagine my excitement upon stumbling upon I Prevail’s post-hardcore cover of “Blank Space.” Inspired by the pop princess’s 1989 chart topper, I Prevail does a phenomenal job reworking the tune into something heavy, angsty, and with an all around groove. The production is solid and creates an ideal example of a cover, by both staying true to the original work but fully embracing it as their own. In other words, it goes above and beyond just adding breakdowns and uncleans to a pop song like so many “punk goes pop” tracks tend to do, but it also doesn’t stray so far from the single’s initial integrity as to obliterate it completely. Check out this track and let us know if you think this cover is a total hit or a swing and miss!
I think it’s safe to say that Maroon 5’s “Animals” is one of the creepiest songs on the radio right now. The only thing more disturbing than the bizarre predatory lyrics of it all may be Adam Levine’s displacingly excited pop vocals rounding out the song. Luckily for us, the band Concepts came out with a cover of “Animals” that is not only worlds better than the original, but sets a musical tone that’s actually suiting to the lyrics. In a heavy rock, hardcore setting, Concepts delivers punching riffs and dual vocals aptly rendering the strange dichotomy between predatory and pop that Maroon 5 couldn’t quite get a hold of. It’s fresh, fun and worth a listen, so check it out and let us know if YOU think this cover rocks or flops!