Mayday Parade’s hitting us right in the throwback bone with their new Bush cover.
We may joke around from time to time about the #90s and #grunge revival that has permeated all of our current pop-punk, neo-grunge, and emo bands of late, but you’ll have to believe that we’re deadly serious when we say that this cover of Bush’s “Comedown” by Mayday Parade is everything we ever wanted. It’s, well, exactly what it sounds like: a classic, guttural, churning grunge anthem updated with a slight touch of modern pop-punk’s sheen.
The track, which also has an accompanying lyric video below, comes from the most recent edition of the Punk Goes… series, Punk Goes ’90s Vol. 2, out Apr. 1 on Fearless Records, which — wait a minute, are we entirely sure this isn’t some elaborate April Fool’s joke? Someone look into that.
The guys in the band, who we’ve been keeping close tabs on thanks to their tour diary through Europe, have already shown that they’re comfortable mining the past. As with Queen on the Monsters In The Closet track “Ghost,” Mayday Parade say that Bush is among the many bands that have influenced their sound.
“Bush’s ‘Comedown’ has a typical ’90s-rock edge that everyone in the band admires and wants to emulate,” guitarist Alex Garcia explains in a press release. “Most of Mayday’s concept of what rock is was shaped by growing up in the ’90s and listening to the radio and hearing bands like Bush so it’s only natural for us to pay respects… by covering that song.”
As funny as it is to think back to a time when a rock song with over a minute-plus instrumental intro could be a hit on radio, their version is pretty faithful to the original. It’s got the crashing, big, sweeping power chords and the low bass rumble we remember, although the added piano on the quiet chorus parts is a nice touch.
The biggest difference comes in Derek Sanders’ higher-pitched vocals, which diverge from Gavin Rossdale’s distinctive, guttural baritone. It’s no less anthemic in its execution, though — maybe, dare we say, a touch more so? Sacrilege, right?
If that’s not enough to satiate your ’90s jones (that was a word we used in the ’90s), the rest of the compilation features amazing-sounding covers like Memphis May Fire doing Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song,” Asking Alexandria doing Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” and Yellowcard doing Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today.”
You could definitely say that the ’90s are back, but true ’90s kids know that they never went away.
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