Ducks Ltd have teamed up with fellow Torontonian Jane Inc for a cover of The Cure’s “In Between Days.” The track as part of the second installment of their covers series, The Sincerest Form of Flattery.
As the track opens, Ducks Ltd stay true to the original with the bass and guitar riffs before adding in their signature sound for a jangle pop twist. The supporting vocals from Jane Inc offer up a unique, nostalgic edge to the cover.
“Robert Smith is a genius and the Cure are the best and I absolutely love this song,” Ducks Ltd’s Tom McGreevy explains. “It’s such a simple one but all of the pieces slot together so neatly. We listened to all the demos he made of it, and it’s cool to hear how clearly the fundamental parts of it are realized on the very first one, even though he doesn’t have any lyrics yet and is just wordlessly singing the melody (which I also do when we demo stuff!). We mostly tracked this one on a day off when we were on tour with Nation of Language, so the vocal was tracked in the front seat of a parked Mitsubishi Outlander in the middle of the night outside an Airbnb in Grand Junction, Colorado. It’s also the first thing we’ve made that our bass player Katie plays on.”
Listen to Ducks Ltd and Jane Inc’s cover of “In Between Days” below.
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“Carlyn Bezic (aka Jane Inc) has been a pal for maybe a decade and is one of the best musicians in Toronto,” McGreevy continues. “I’ve seen her in so many bands and it’s been so cool to watch the Jane Inc project come together, as it feels like she just keeps refining and perfecting a creative vision that was already clear in some of the first projects I saw her in. I’ve wanted to do something with her for forever, so I was super excited she said yes to this!
PS: Someone told me once that Robert Smith only responds to emails on one day a week and it’s always IN ALL CAPS. I have no idea if this is true, but I really want it to be. Also please email me Mr Smith!”
Ducks Ltd are headed out on tour. Check out the dates below.
Ducks Ltd Tour Dates:
Sep 4 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open
Sep 7 – Dublin, IE @ Workman’s Club Cellar
Sep 8 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Sep 10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Petes
Sep 11 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Sep 13 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Sep 14 – Birmingham, UK @ Dark Horse
Sep 15 – London, UK @ Windmill Brixton
Sep 16 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
Sep 17 – Bristol, UK @ The Crofters Rights
Sep 18 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners
Sep 24 – Madrid, ES @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
Sep 25 – Barcelona, ES @ Upload
Nov 16 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas*
Nov 17 – Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch*
Nov 18 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake*
Nov 20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
Nov 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
Nov 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*
Nov 23 – Washington, DC @ DC9*
Nov 25 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement*
Nov 26 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*