Roughly a few days after popping the question – no, not that question – prog-metal act Protest the Hero have raised just about 200k for their upcoming album via Indiegogo. While the dollars continue to pour in – with perks from appearing on the album to getting a special tour laminate that allows you to claim prizes at shows – one item in particular has a couple of us salivating at the thought of cashing in some fantasy money.
For the measly sum of $2,500, Protest the Hero will cover a song of your choosing in a style of their choice. While the possibilities are seemingly endless, the power to give a band as talented as this the chance to cover pretty much anything is something that we can really only dream of at this point. That being said – we can most certainly dream. We poked and prodded our thoughts and came up with a handful of songs worthy of the PTH redux – what they would decide to do with it another question altogether though.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
Before you throw out the ‘nobody can do Queen’ or ‘Between the Buried and Me could do it better’, let this suggestion sink in a little bit. I recently told someone Queen is a band that is nearly impossible to do total justice to, but if Never Shout Never can butcher this one up, why wouldn’t it be a plausible option for Protest the Hero?
“One” – Metallica
We’re going to dive back a bit in time for this one as well. While the shred-heavy second half of this song is certainly a no-brainer, it would be quite intriguing to hear what Protest would do with the first half in terms of layering and buildup.
“Future Breed Machine” – Meshuggah
As long as we’re being totally out in left-field, Protest could probably do something pretty wild with the lead-off track from Destroy Erase Improve – particularly in the vocal department. It would also fit their off-kilter writing style to a particular degree, enough that they would be able to translate it more than try and do a bunch of reworking.
“A Little Respect” – Erasure
There is something about Erasure’s 1988 single “A Little Respect” that I’ve come to love. Rody Walker’s voice would be a perfect fit for Andy Bell’s melody (oh to hear Rody hit those high notes) and the simple instrumentation gives the boys a lot of room for reworking and experimentation. “A Little Respect” preformed with some Protest personality would be awesome.