Thanks to Matt Champion for this wonderful guest post!
Ten pennies equal a dime. Ten dimes equal a dollar. Ten numbers identify you to Social Security Administration and allow you to receive texts. You have ten toes and, unless your name is Tyrone Rugen, you have ten fingers. Ten is a number that holds significance in our daily lives.
This year marks the tenth year of An Under Cover Weekend here in St. Louis, a decade of St. Louis’ finest bands paying tribute to their favorite bands. Year after year the bar gets raised, proving time and again that our homegrown talent can hold its own playing the songs of artists that millions hold in high esteem. I’m here to showcase what you’re looking forward to when you come out to the Firebird to see the spectacle.
Suzie Cue will kick off Night One, taking on the role of Ani DiFranco. It’s a fitting choice, as they’re cut from the same ‘this is my shit and I’m gonna tear it up whether you like it or not’ cloth. Suzie possesses a voice that booms out of her tiny frame that will hit your eardrums like the fist of an angry God. Ani is no stranger to covers, or being covered, as seen in Alana Davis’ DiFranco penned hit “32 Flavors”.
The Lonely Mountain String Band is the second act of the evening, which is fitting since this is their second year playing AUCW. Last year they had a lot of success when they took on Led Zeppelin. This year they’re going to take the sophomore slump and “Shake it Off” as Taylor Swift. I’m warning the band now… the first time I even THINK I’m going to see a crotch chop, I’m out.
Dynamic duo Too Deep will be assuming the roles of Jack and Meg White with their set as the White Stripes. Although both acts consist of a male guitarist/vocalist and female drummer, there are some distinct differences between the two bands. For example, one major difference is that Jacob Vi and Lyndsey Rawley are good musicians, unlike Jack and Meg. All jokes aside, this should be a good set. Above you can see the White Stripes covering a Captain Beefheart tune “Party of Special Things to Do”.
Pop powerhouse Cannon Field will transform into Coldplay as the fourth act of the night. It will be interesting to see how they’ll scale down the tremendous stage show to fit into the Firebird. Miley Cyrus also covered Coldplay, so it looks like a few pop stars have something in common.
Modest Mouse is described as ‘alternative rock’. I Actually describes themselves as ‘longform alternative’. They share an adjective, but that’s about it. When I listen to I Actually, I hear a harder edge than I do with Modest Mouse, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge MM fan. If these guys plan to cover Modest Mouse in their own style, I think I’ll end up liking the songs better. In the same philosophy of bands changing up other acts’ music, here’s 80’s pop sensation Wang Chung covering “Third Planet”.
Closing out Night One is The Fade covering rock/blues slaughterhouse The Black Keys. At first listen, The Fade sounds pretty clean and polished so I’m interested in hearing how they sound with the Keys’ grit and gravel coming out of their amps. Above this blurb you can hear the Black Keys covering the Captain Beefheart cover of “Grown So Ugly”, a Robert Pete Wilson tune.