This past summer, Jen and I went to the Hollywood Bowl to witness Cheap Trick covering The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album from start to finish, an incredibly ambitious feat that confused and kinda embarrassed us. I mean, doing “your take” on an iconic record is just kind of stupid, and not something we encourage. Think of Fall Out Boy covering London Calling, or The Plain White T’s doing Highway 61 Revisited. Good god.
But Japancakes’ rendition of My Bloody Valentine’s epic record Loveless takes our breath away. Stripped of it’s ethereal vocal layerings, the songs suddenly become just simple and gorgeous, as if in their primal stage. We applaud the undertaking–it’s not just good, it’s great. Japancakes clearly don’t just love the album, they get it. And if a band is so lucky as to understand the deep, inner essence of one of the most brilliant bands of our generasian, more power to them.
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