I’ve always told people the hard thing about doing a cover of a great song is either being able to just as good or better…or bringing something different out of the song and making it your own. Well creating a track for my friend’s mixtape, I worked with a sample of The Foo Fighter’s “Pretender” *Click Here For Video*
It was the request of my friend, Casino Dialz(RIP) that I actually tried using the sample. The song came out real good and is actually one of my fav. tracks on his mixtape. After chopping it up for the mixtape, I ended up re-listening to the track, over and over. This to me is the idea rock track. Screaming vocals, Killer drums & aggressive guitars. I have considered this one of my fav. rock songs that have come out in this era because it is simple yet powerful. So of course anyone that covered this song better hit it with the same power or make it very unique.
A few days ago while looking for the a capella of “Pretender” I came across 3 covers of the song that just stood out to me. One of them is by a all female rock band. I really haven’t felt a all female rock band since the 4 Non-bondes. But Cherri Bomb is the real deal. And the thing that seals the deal, they are still young. Like Teenage young. Sounding like this at a young age…tells me when they’re older they are gonna be killer.
Cherri Bomb is an American all-girl rock band from Los Angeles, founded in 2008 by Julia Pierce. They are managed by drummer Samantha Maloney(Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal) and signed to Hollywood Records. The name Cherri Bomb originated from a book called Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick, and a Hotter Girlfriend — and to Living Life Like a Rock Star. Cherri Bomb released their debut EP, Stark, on October 18, 2011 and their first studio album, This is the End of Control, on May 15, 2012.
Now Cherri Bomb didn’t do anything different with the song, yet if I didn’t know about The Foo Fighters, I would of sworn they came up with the song. They keep the video very simple and in black and white. They rock the song with the same intensity and when your add their harmony on the vocals you get a great blend of music. Almost as if the Lead singer from The Foo Fighters became a female just so that Cherri Bomb could do this song. As the cameras switch back and forth between members, you can see the fun they had playing thsi song which makes this even more fun to listen to. Check it out.
Now let me ask you a question. I want you to go and think about one of those sad scenes in your fav. movie. You know, where the Hero is about to sacrifice his life for someone or he is about to make one of those life or death choices. I know, “The Pretender” doesn’t sound like it would go to a scene like that. I thought the same thing, until I heard Andrey Nailer’s cover of “The Pretender”. No vocals, just Nailer playing the song on his piano. that alone just gives it a whole different feel to the song and the fact that he plays it as if it was a slow emotional background to a movie scene just makes it that much better.
A young Russian musician and composer Andrei Неилер (All Rights Nаiler) creates an atmospheric instrumental songs, in the center which is almost always a grand piano. His sound combines electronics and classical music.
The last group I’m going to talk about goes by the name, Infected Mushrooms. I actually stumbled on this while checking out some of the Skrillex songs my son wanted me to listen to. They actually do a real grinding version of “The Pretender” that I could see in a movie or a wrestler walk out to. The gritty electric sound they give the song makes it one of those tunes I work play during a work otu to get me hyped up.
Infected Mushroom are an Israeli psytrance/electronica duo formed in Haifa in late 1997 by producers Erez Eisen, who uses the moniker “Eisen”, and Amit Duvdevani, or “Duvdev”. The duo’s style has evolved in the 2000s to include trip-hop, industrial rock and goa. They employ a variety of musical sources, including acoustic guitars, choirs, and complex synthesized basses, in compositions that often contain constant changes of drum beat andtempo. Infected Mushroom’s live shows feature vocals and analogue instruments in performances that are set against a multimedia backdrop.
Well thank you for checking this edition of The Ratings Boost. I hope you like the covers enough to go check out the groups. And until next time…
See You Later Space Cowboy…