For some reason when a band you like covers the song of another band you like, it’s pure magic. Sometimes covers can be an absolute disaster but other times you almost end up liking them more than the original.
Here are the best covers of 2015 so far:
Metric – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (Tame Impala Cover)
Emily and Jimmy from Metric stepped into our Collective Arts Black Box and surprised us with an acoustic rendition of the psychedelic tune “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”. Get ready for some feels.
Father John Misty – “The Suburbs” (Arcade Fire Cover)
Josh Tilman took the title track from the Grammy award-winning Arcade Fire record The Suburbs, stripped it down to purely acoustic and made absolute magic.
Vance Joy – “Fake Plastic Trees” (Radiohead Cover)
The pride of Australia aka Vance Joy channels his inner Thom Yorke on his cover of the Radiohead classic, “Fake Plastic Trees”. If you were worried he wasn’t going to hit those high notes, worry no more.
Ben Gibbard – “Archie, Marry Me” (Alvvays Cover)
As if this song could get any more sad, Ben Gibbard pairs his vocals with soft piano to create the ultimate tear jerker.
Hozier – “Problem” (Ariana Grande Cover)
Even if you despise Ariana Grande with ever ounce of your being, Hozier smashes this cover out of the park. It’s dancey, it’s fun, and the back up vocals are on point.
Punch Brothers – “Reptilia” (The Strokes Cover)
Banjos and violins aren’t something you’ll ever see The Strokes using, but Punch Brothers decided to inject their folky sounds into this track anyways.
Catfish and the Bottlmen – “Read My Mind” (The Killers Cover)
Singer Van admits that they’ve ripped The Killers off too much already so he decided to take the acoustic route on this cover, giving it a completely different feel.
Florence and the Machine – “Times Like These” (Foo Fighters Cover)
After Dave Grohl broke his leg, The Foos had to cancel their headlining set at Glastonbury. Florence was moved up to the headlining slot that day and paid respects to Foo Fighters fans by performing a powerful cover of “Times Like These”.
Bon Iver – “Inside Out” (Spoon Cover)
This may be the biggest transformation on our entire list. Justin Vernon performed this cover as a video to get people excited for his new Eaux Claires music festival. He took away all of the synthy layers and got it down to just his voice and some piano.