In this week’s 3 Of The Week I’ve picked out the actual version of a song I already love, a soulful cover of a classic song, and an odd single from an odd band. We’ll go everywhere from 1978 to 2010 and hit genres you’re comfortable with and some you didn’t know were even available to be freaked out by.
1. “Hearts That Hanker For Mistake” – RX Bandits
Earlier this year (April 17th, to be exact) was Record Store Day, a day which focused on the local record stores of the area. Many artists released material on this day, be it new albums, live CDs, vinyl-only singles, limited edition prints, or anything else they could think of. While I was wandering around a local store, I came across RX Bandit‘s newly-released Live At Park Avenue which I had no idea was even something being put out. I grabbed it and began listening to the 5-song CD which contained acoustic tunes from the past three records as well as a cover of The Wailers. One of the songs was “Hearts That Hanker For Mistake,” a tune from their newest album, Mandala. I hadn’t listened to Mandala much so I didn’t really know what it was like, but it was a very cool song done acoustically. Fast forward four months, and out of the blue the actual version of “Hearts That Hanker For Mistake” shuffles onto my iPod, and I’m blown away. This song is completely different from the acoustic version. It’s technical, has a fast paced guitar work, and is pretty heavy. The acoustic version is the opposite with its laid back feeling and slowed down set up. Both styles are excellent and show the versatility of the experimental group while still being essentially the same song.
2. “Got To Get You Into My Life” – Earth Wind & Fire
Yesterday I decided to go through my Dad’s old vinyl records (which he gave to me) and catalog them on my computer in order to whittle the collection down to albums that I’ll listen to often. While going through it, I came across some old Earth Wind & Fire records (there were a lot) and it made me think of their famous cover, “Got To Get You Into My Life,” one of my favorite songs by the group. Originally the song was written by The Beatles on the album Revolver and was later covered by Earth Wind & Fire for the compilation album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band. The song starts off with a brass section rolling down a funk scale before breaking off and having just finger snapping. The group comes in with repeated “Got to get you into my life,” (a difference from The Beatles’ version) for a few measures and then jumps into the first verse. The sound is pretty happy and upbeat already but EW&F adds a soul feeling to it that just increases both of those features. The song may be over 30 years old, but it still is a great tune that I love.
3. “The Skin Surf” – Tera Melos
Tera Melos has always twisted genres and changed their sound through each release and their latest single, “The Skin Surf,” is a testament to that. The song is the third track off the group’s latest full-length, Patagonian Rats, (our review of it can be found here) and it really makes an impression with the oddly head bobbing sound. The guitar work bumps from note to note during the verse while Nick Reinhart’s voice follows on top of it and creates an awkwardly beautiful pattern before flowing into the pre-chorus which seems to break the verse apart and make grabbing the beat difficult. Then the chorus boots up which has a punk rock edge and the lyrics, “All my friends will try and say,” thrown over it which will definitely get stuck in your head. At the bridge/outro all hell breaks loose with a hard riff broken up by technical guitar work. The band released a video with the song (which can be found here) that basically sums up what Tera Melos is: strange, kind of creepy, and something no other band will give you, which is exactly why I love them.