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Ducks Ltd. collaborate with Illuminati Hotties on new The Jesus & Mary Chain cover ‘Head On’

Ducks Ltd. have shared a new cover of Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Head On” featuring Illuminati Hotties. The track comes alongside the announcement of a new series of covers called The Sincerest Form of Flattery.

On The Sincerest Form of Flattery, each cover will feature a new collaborator and friend of the band. Today, they’ve previewed the collection with “Head On.” The cover sees Ducks Ltd. adding a jangle-pop twist to the alt-rock classic. With powerful backing vocals from Illuminati Hotties’ Sarah Tudzin, the warm cover is a must-listen.

“The original ‘Head On’ is a total classic, and the lyrics are just so brilliant in an understated kind of way, but I actually started thinking about covering it after listening to the Pixies’ cover of it on Tompe le Monde (which is the best Pixies album, don’t @ me),” Tom McGreevy explains. “They really kick the shit out of it, in a totally different way than The Jesus and Mary Chain do, and it made me desperate for a chance to sing it, and also got me thinking about ways you could adapt the vibe of it to make it fit into our world a bit.”

Listen to “Head On” below.

“I really like covers! If memory serves the first time we did one as a band was when Evan’s parents came to visit Toronto from Australia and we had a show while they were in town so we learned a song called “Before Too Long” by Australia’s poet laureate Paul Kelly (who for those who don’t know him is sort of like Australia’s Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen/Elvis Costello all rolled into one very beloved guy,” McGreevy adds.

Today’s release, “Head On,” follows their one-off single “Sheets of Grey.”

Ducks Ltd. are headed out on tour. Check out the dates below.

Ducks Ltd. Tour:

Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall – Mar 22
Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern – Mar 24
Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival – Mar 23 – 27
Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater* – Mar 29
Kansas City, MO @ recordBar* – Mar 30
Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line* – Mar 31
Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* – Apr 1
St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway* – Apr 2
Indianapolis, IN @ Hi Fi* – Apr 3
Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups* – Apr 6
Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace* – Apr 7
Montreal, ON @ Bar Le Ritz * – Apr 8
London, UK @ Moth Club~ – May 4
Manchester, UK @ Yes~ – May 5
Leeds, UK @ Headrow House~ – May 6
Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds~ – May 9
Southampton, UK @ The Joiners~ – May 10
Oxford, UK @ The Jericho Tavern~ – May 11
Cardiff, UK @ Clwb For Bach~ – May 14
Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade~ – May 15
London, UK @ Moth Club~ – May 16
Paris, FR @ Supersonic~ – May 18
Brugge, BE @ Villa Bota – May 19
Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling – May 20
Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes – May 22

Rescheduled UK Dates:

Dublin, IE @ Workman’s Cellar – Sep 7
Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast – Sep 8
Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Petes – Sep 10
Leeds, UK @ Headrow House – Sep 11
Manchester, UK @ YES – Sep 13
Birmingham, UK @ Dark Horse – Sep 14
London, UK @ Windmill Brixton – Sep 15
Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store – Sep 16
Bristol, UK @ The Crofters Rights – Sep 17
Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach – Sep 20

*with Nation of Language
~with Illuminati Hotties

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