Since July, self-proclaimed local indie-rock trio Milktooth has captured themselves covering contemporary cuts by their favorite national indie-rock acts in a monthly video series they’re calling "Stay Home America."
Peep the band’s faithful take on Beach House’s dream-poppy Bloom standout “Wild” above. And then venture after the jump to check out the guitar-augmented, vocoder-free Milktoothification of “Nightcall,” a song by French antiseptic electo-pop throwback DJ Kavinsky and best known for its inclusion on the Drive OST. Here (and here) are links to the originals, if you wanna Pepsi Challenge that shit. Or go to Marathon Music Works on Saturday to see Beach House perform the real thing in person.
Certainly some pop-rock historians out there could pinpoint for you exactly when it became taboo for rock bands to cover newfangled numbers by contemporaries au courant, but I’m not one of them. Think about, like, Otis Redding singing The Rolling Stones, or Aretha Franklin singing Otis Redding, or Jimi Hendrix stalking Bob Dylan. Somewhere between my couch cushions I have a bootleg of The Clash covering “Blitzkrieg Bop,” so I know this was at least cool until the late ’70s. When I was kid, it seemed like the only rockers trying their ham hands at hits of the zeitgeist were other kids. My first “band” covered Hum, Sonic Youth and Pavement … and some ’90s dreck that I’d rather not cop to.
Anyway, here’s to Milktooth for bringing the practice back and not pretending that they’re purists who only listen Joy Division or whatever. And bookmark the band’s Bandcamp to keep up with freely download future Stay Home America installments.