Dusted || The 10 Best Cover Songs Of November 2021

Not all new music is really new, as many artists cover songs. Sometimes these are songs by their favorite artists, eg as a tribute to such a musical hero for a special reason, or they simply feel that a song deserves to be dusted and polished to reacquaint fans with great songs from the past. Other times, bands cover songs as a parody. Regardless of intent, some of those cover versions are so good or so much fun, we’d like to put a spotlight on them. Chosen from a wide range, here are – in random order – ten of our favorite covers from last month – links to the pages where you can add them to your wantlist included.

Overdose || Cover: Supersuckers || Original: AC/DC
Friday December 3rd, Magnetic Eye Records will release the 2LP Best of AC/CD [Redux], featuring 13 cover versions of classics by the Australian hard rock band. The choice cut of the experienced musicians of Supersuckers was already shared last month – their cover of Let There Be Rock‘s Overdose is a heavy, excellent tribute, where you can hear for 6 minutes that they are true AC/DC fans.

New EP: Jetstream Pony || Misplaced Words

In our busy schedules, we are no strangers to misplaced words at Add To Wantlist. Perhaps this is why I think Misplaced Words is such a sympathetic title for the latest EP by Brighton (UK) four-piece Jetstream Pony. The music of Jetstream Pony evokes even more sympathy. The mid-paced fuzzy and jangly indie pop (with pop punk leanings) is pleasant and easily digestible from the get go, slowly revealing different layers and rewards for listeners with more lengthy attention spans.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: The Incomprehensible Static || Transmitting Live From The Future

The Incomprehensible Static (TIS) is the solo project of Pete Darrington aka Pete Static (from the bands Cable, Hudson Super 6, GodNo!, etc., but also co-founder of independent record label Reckless Yes), born out of lockdown boredom. Together with some talented friends – Jay Churchley (Nervous Twitch) and Darius Hinks (Cable) – he recorded the mini-album Transmitting LIVE From The FUTURE! in his garage. The eight instrumental surf-punk songs are retro-futuristic and very suitable to accompany old video images. For example, Quarter Mile Burnout is a celebration of the golden era of drag racing, Earth Vs The Flying Saucers is a homage to the classic kitsch sci-fi 1956 movie of the same name, and UVB​-​76 is about a secret Russian radio transmission. This record is a new pinnacle of the genre.

Transmitting Live From The Future is out now digitally, on CD and limited edition 10″ eco vinyl LP thorugh Reckless Yes.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

Album premiere: Night Court || Nervous Birds! One

We’re absolutely stoked to premiere Nervous Birds! One, the debut album of Vancouver’s next breakout band Night Court. The album will be out this Friday (Dec. 3) on tape via Snappy Little Numbers (USA) and Debt Offensive Records (Canada), but you can already stream it in its entirety below.

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New album: Linda From Work || Burnout

Your daily life is a lot more fun when you have nice colleagues. Courtney From Work said Do It Yourself last summer, Brian From Work serves Cold Coffee, from Stu from Work you don’t get your wages, and Mick From Work speaks a different language. You will understand: Linda From Work is the one you should listen to.

Linda From Work is an alternative / garage rock trio from Seattle, with a powerful, energetic sound. On their debut album Burnout, songwriter Hillary Tusick (vocals, guitar), Sam Nowak (drums), and Mary Robins (bass) agitate against the nine-to-five lifestyle. In the 11 compelling songs you can feel the exhaustion, rage, and anxiety, but you and I can’t afford a permanent vacation. So let’s try to make the most of it: pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, put on your headphones and listen to some good music. Before you know it, it will be five o’clock again.

Burnout is out now digitally and on CD. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Violet Cheri || Sölvesborg

Towards the end of the year there are still new records worth sharing. Please meet Violet Cheri. This Swedish indie rock band – Daniel Hoff (vocals, lyrics (in English)), Kimie Valentin (guitars), Melker Höckert (drums), Robin Wiksander (bass), and Hugo Wiggman (guitars) – have released a debut album to cherish. They have poured all their blood, sweat and fear into the 11 songs on Sölvesborg for four years, and they are justifiably proud of the end result. It has everything that often makes first albums the best: an outburst of unbridled fresh eagerness and slightly naive creative ideas, with clearly audible pleasure in playing together. It’s rattling rock with expressive, jangly guitars, convincing (harmony) vocals with irrepressible whoo-hoos and pa-pa-pas, and original melodic structures. The enthusiasm of the band is contagious, this is music that makes you long to be able to jump along live.

“A thousand days has passed // Since we held hands // Still I can’t help but wonder // How life turned out for you // Do you still paint? // Do you still write? // ‘cause I still sing those silly songs // About the days gone by”

Sölvesborg is out now digitally through Svart Kaffe Records, a vinyl LP will follow soon.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Violet Cheri

New album: It Thing || Syrup

The 9-song debut (mini)LP by Hobart (Australia) four-piece It Thing is titled Syrup. Don’t let the title set you on the wrong foot, the music of It Thing poses no danger to your dental health. Rather, the band plays an explosive mixture of styles that ranges from modern indie punk, to ’80s punk and new wave and ’90s alternative rock.

It Thing distantly reminds me of A Giant Dog. Sonically, but also because It Thing singer Charlotte Gigi, like A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis, is a force of nature that takes this kind of music to another level. And like A giant Dog, It Thing is full of cool attitude and swagger.

Syrup is out now on Marthouse Records. It is a powerful and highly energetic record, with memorable hooks. With this band and Rabbit, rock-‘n’-roll clearly is alive and kicking in Hobart.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New EP: Gun Control || Gun Control

Again, I quickly jumped to conclusions. I fully expected Gun Control to be an American band. Of course, because gun control is such a major theme in the US, but also because the band’s sound seems heavily influenced by American alternative music. Gun Control are from Sweden though, Stockholm to be precise

Gun Control describe their sound as sad dad rock, but rather than classic rock or slowcore or emo, the band relies strongly on distorted guitars. Combined with an emotional edge, Gun Control kinda sounds like the more melodic and mellow side of Boy Sets Fire. Silver Screens is the standout track for me.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: The Chisel || Retaliation

For a band that started in 2020, The Chisel has been crazy prolific. Following a trilogy of quality singles, the band released their debut LP this week. It’s called Retaliation and it’s a certified fresh and thrilling record.

Unintentionally, I’ve always regarded The Chisel to be the little brother of Chubby And The Gang – Chubby frontman Charlie Manning Walker plays guitar in The Chisel. But listening to Retaliation, that doesn’t make sense anymore: The Chisel step out of the shadow of Chubby And The Gang. Still, the two bands aren’t all that different sonically. But whereas the hardcore of Chubby And The Gang is heavily informed by pubrock and rock’n’roll, the hardcore of The Chisel has a much stronger streetpunk/oi vibe. Mixing aggression with melody, and working class urgency with gang mentality, Retaliation offers cathartic release in times of frustration.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New single: Thee Baby Cuffs || You’re My Reason

The monthly overview of most expensive items sold on Discogs often contains 50-year-old soul singles. For example, Jonathan Capree’s Gonna Build Me A Mountain (Way Up High) (1970) recently did $2,500.00. At the same time, new 45 rpm 7″ records are being released that imho are just as good. Listen to You’re My Reason by Thee Baby Cuffs backed by Cold Diamond & Mink, and you’ll see what I mean. Joe Narvaez (sweet talking), Gilberto Rodriguez (in Spanish), Dave Herrera, and Reality Jonez (incredible falsetto) try to convince the woman to whom the song is addressed that there may be a million girls in the whole wide world, but she’s the special one: “Without you, there’s no me.” It’s the classic Chicano Soul sound, produced by J.M. Valle, with dynamic vocals, bilingual lyrics, harmony and a skilled rhythm section. It’s yours for just € 7.50 (or € 10 for limited edition magenta-colored vinyl), a good investment in every way.

You’re My Reason is out now digitally and on 7″ vinyl through Timmion Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

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