Two things I’m a huge fan of ; Japandroids and guys who can do a cover that brings elements to the table which were either subtle or non-existent in the original.
It’s no secret that by playing a song on acoustic it’s instantly going to feel deeper and draw more emotions from the listener. We all get that acoustic songs seemingly bare an importance that no plugged in track could ever hold a candle to, look at Bob Dylan, his electric albums are the best he ever created but put on “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll” or “Blowin In The Wind” and tell me you don’t instantly have a connection that “Maggie’s Farm” could never bring.
Oddly it’s not so much the acoustic aspect that makes what Beat Radio (Brian Sendrowitz) has done so great, it is the fact that he has taken a song that was a James Dean “Rebel Without A Cause” angst driven soundtrack to making ones own life happen and turned it completely on it’s heals. If you were in a band on your first tour the original is what you would listen to upon entering the highway on the way to the first show in another state, this remake is what would get played on the drive home when the lack of sleep, truck-stop food, and a desire to just be yourself has you almost in tears.
The original is a statement, Beat Radio have changed it into a concession of remembrance. Celebration Rock is in my top five albums of the year so I’m not taking anything away from Japandroids when I say this, but I think I may actually like Beat Radio’s cover better than the original (oh the blashphemy!), right or wrong it’s true.