Thanks to Matt Champion for this wonderful guest post!
Night Two is the middle child of An Under Cover Weekend. It’s not as old as Night One, nor as young as Night Three, but that doesn’t mean you should pass on it. After all, it’s the filling in the sandwich that makes it worth eating.
Rusty Nail moved up a night from last year, kicking off Night Two with a set of tunes by Canada’s finest, Nickelback. Wait, I mean Bryan Adams. I’m not a fan of Mr. Adams’ work. However, I am a fan of Rusty Nail, especially after seeing the treatment they gave Black Sabbath. If anyone can make me enjoy a Bryan Adams tune, it’ll be Alvan Caby and crew. Spanish guitarist Vincenzo Martinelli is seen in the video above also covering Bryan Adams. I like this cover, mostly because Bryan Adams isn’t singing.
The second act of the second night is the Daisy Ad who have decided to bring the pain early by replicating Bob Dylan. Dylan is a polarizing character for most, who either love him or hate him. Regardless of your feelings, the man is one hell of a songwriter. The Daisy Ad isn’t too bad either, with a sound that bridges the gap between Dylan’s folk rock and another band from the Belleville area who I won’t mention. You can hear that other band cover Dylan in the video above. If you see me at the show, remind me to tell you about the time Bob Dylan got me kicked out of English class.
Third to hit the stage will be Giant Monsters on the Horizon, who will be tackling the tunes of Gary Numan. GMOTH is an electronic music duo consisting of Vinnie Saletto and Madison Davis. Rumor has it that they’re expanding to a 6 piece for this set. I’m hoping that it ends up being an all-out aural assault, much like a musical version of Kaiju Big Battel. GMOTH covered Depeche Mode last year and slayed the crowd with a spot-on set. I expect they’ll do the same this year. To warm you up, here’s Canada’s finest pop band Sloan covering “Cars”.
Prune will be taking up double duty with a set of tracks from Crowded House and Split Enz. Both bands were the vehicles that drove Neil Finn to the top of the pop charts in the early days of synth pop. Prune has a bit different sound, more indie rock than synth pop. I’m guessing that the members of Prune freelance as estheticians, as their website is now advertising whole body hair removal. Let’s hope they blow off our wigs with their set, much like Pearl Jam did in 2000.
Second to the end but second to none other, Shotgun Abby will be replicating the songs of Bad Company for their Night Two set. Bad Company’s lead vocalist Paul Rodgers is known for his dynamic range and powerful voice, something that is right in Shotgun Abby frontman Shawn Telkamp’s wheelhouse. The blues/rock band that backs him up is pretty tight as well, with the exception of guitarist Ross Watson. Every chain needs a weak link, I suppose. I joke, Ross and I go way back*. Speaking of jokes, here’s Five Finger Death Punch covering “Bad Company” in their usual style.
*Way back to when he was a good guitarist.
Indie popsters the Free Years is the final act of Night Two, transforming themselves into Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I’m assuming that consists of drummer Danny Hill and keyboardist Ryan Meyers playing for Conan O’Brien’s house band and Meat Loaf respectively while guitarist/vocalist Matthew James pops Immodium and Pepto-Bismol like it’s going out of style in an effort to recreate Springsteen’s characteristic ‘sitting on the can, constipated but still straining to push out a log’ vocal styling. It’s going to be interesting to see how they pull this set off, as their usual songcraft is closer to “Stayin’ Alive” than “Born in the U.S.A.” Here’s the Hollies performing Springsteen’s “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”.