Pop-punk fans rejoice as this year’s annual Glamour Kills tour welcomes a group of the best up-and-coming pop-punk bands in the scene right now. Lead by The Wonder Years and company, as a unique treat to all of the fans attending this tour, the bands decided to put together a compilation which features all of the bands on the tour covering each other’s songs to be released on a limited 12″ LP only available on the tour. We at Mind Equals Blown are big supporters of this thriving pop-punk scene and are equally excited as most for how this comp turned out and we were even more excited to give you all a run down of each cover.
by Dylan Powell
It doesn’t surprise many that Philly pop-punk darlings The Wonder Years opted to cover an Evan Weiss (aka Into It. Over It.) track, selecting “Anchor” which is 1/52 of Weiss’ massive 52 Weeks project. Originally an acoustic song, The Wonder Years decided to take a simple acoustic track to the next level. Beginning much like the original, Dan “Soupy” Campbell’s soft vocals open the track accompanied by a delicate guitar line. Once the chorus kicks in it becomes clear that The Wonder Years made the right song choice. As Campbell belts Weiss’ words of “Steady and faithful as your anchor/Trying to make the water safer” the chorus explodes into a glorious conglomeration of punching guitars and gentle “whoa-oh-ohs” to back Campbell’s heartfelt shouts. A near perfect cover.
Into It. Over It. – “Don’t Let Me Cave In” (originally by The Wonder Years)
by Dylan Powell
The history of Campbell and Weiss goes back nearly a decade and it only makes sense that Weiss would go for a cover of a song that features a small anecdote about him. Being one of the most upbeat songs on The Wonder Years’ sophomore effort, it is interesting to hear Weiss slow it down to nothing but his distorted voice and an electric guitar strum. Because this take on the pop-punk bruiser isn’t as immediate, it may take a while for the listener to appreciate the lovely noodly guitar arrangement that Weiss came up with for this song. The most fun element of this cover is where Weiss changes the lyrics to make it more personal to him, yet paying homage to Campbell as Campbell did for him. Instead of the famous “I spent last night getting Mexican/Outside of Logan Square/Basement show with Evan” Weiss changes it up a bit to put his own experiences in his own hometown in the context of the somber song that is “Don’t Let Me Cave In” which evidently makes this song the most special cover on the compilation.
The Story So Far – “Wrightsville Beach” (originally by A Loss For Words)
by Kaitlin Nichols
First and foremost, I love The Story So Far. That being said, the original “Wrightsville Beach” by A Loss For Words is much more accessible and, in my opinion, more enjoyable. At the same time, TSSF managed to take it and turn it into another song entirely, which is not to say that it is worse. However, I was really hoping to hear TSSF do this song in their style. While it is cool that they took it a completely different direction, there was very little trace of what we have come to know and love about them. Guitarist Will Levy conceded that it was difficult to cover “bands in your own genre”, which is why they chose to “just go completely wacky with it”. Respect.
A Loss For Words – “Quicksand” (originally by The Story So Far)
by Kaitlin Nichols
Hearing AL4W cover one of my favorite TSSF songs, “Quicksand”, was definitely not a let down. This song was much more recognizable than the aforementioned cover, but they still managed to take it and turn it into their own. While I still prefer the original, I think this track can absolutely hold its own. It’s awesome to see a little range from AL4W and see that they can still shine, even though they aren’t necessarily stepping outside their comfort zone. It also says something about how strong of a song “Quicksand” is on its own.
Polar Bear Club – “Skipping Stone” (Originally by Transit)
by Jason Gardner
Polar Bear Club and Transit traded songs, with PBC taking on “Skipping Stone” from Listen & Forgive and Transit picking up a bit of an oldie in “Resent and Resistance” from PBC’s debut EP The Redder, The Better. PBC takes what started off as a rich acoustic track and literally does what any great cover does – make the song completely their own. With gritty guitars and Jimmy Stadt’s rasp leading the way, this song was a perfect pick for the band. Sounding very much like what could be a lost track from one of the three full-lengths they have, PBC create some differently passionate verses and strong bridges from the smooth vocals and upbeat guitar melodies of the original.
Transit – “Resent and Resistance” (Originally by Polar Bear Club)
by Jason Gardner
Transit though dig way back into PBC’s discography for their cover, adding lush melodies to the mid-tempo jam “Resent and Resistance”. From the arguably rough vibes of the original come passages of smooth guitar lines and smoother vocals. Transit take care to inject a bit of the grit back into their version though, with occasional moments of raspy vocals making their way into the mix. Transit’s spicing up of things makes this their own though, as beefed up melodies bolster the ending of the song to make it one of the strongest tracks of the bunch – and arguably a bit better than the original.
Listen to the full split over on AbsolutePunk.