Great news internet! One of my favorite music series is back in action – A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover, where artists of all genres stop by the A.V. Club offices and choose a song from a pre-selected list to cover. This year’s series kicks off with one of my personal favorites, and a veteran of the series – Punch Brothers. A few years ago, the boys and their strings set a bar that has yet to be matched (IMHO) when they covered Cars, and now they’re back – this time taking on The Strokes’ Repitlia.
Now – it’s worth noting (as A.V. Club rightfully does), that PB have already covered this song, but that doesn’t make their arrangement any less kick ass. If you’re not familiar with the Punch Brothers, you should know that each and every one of them is about a billion times more talented than you are, and Chris Thile loves to make weird faces while he crushes the mandolin. And hopefully after this you will have a strong desire to become more familiar with them.
So welcome back Undercover! I can’t wait to see what other treasures this year’s series has in store for us.
Welcome to the first of a new series called “Kick-Ass Covers” – if you can’t guess what it’s about, welp, I’m not sure how to help you.
Today’s kick-ass cover comes from a personal favorite of yours truly, a fine group of men known as Punch Brothers. Now if you don’t know who the Punch Brothers are, let me inform you. They are a string band made up of some of the finest goddamn musicians I have ever seen live. Their frontman and mandolin player Chris Thile is often referred to as “the son of bluegrass” – as his talent level far surpasses any of his contemporaries (and most of predecessors). But don’t be fooled by the fact that they look like a traditional bluegrass band, these boys mean business. Their latest album Who’s Feeling Young Now is chock full of tracks that would please even the most wary of listeners. And if you’re a musician? Well shit, this is basically a grab bag of musical treats.
But enough of my raving and rambling. The best way to enter into a love affair such as my own with the Punch Brothers is to start with some of there remarkable covers. I had a hard time picking one to share with you all, so I went with the first one I ever heard: Reiptilia by the Strokes. For me the cover is so wonderful because of how well the song lends itself to stringed instruments. That and, well, Chris Thile.
If you’re intrigued, I’d recommend following the related videos and going on a musical journey with the Punch Brothers. Also you should probably check this out. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.