[Toadies] strip away the dense, swirling electronica of the original, but they don’t fill it with crunching guitars or minor key warbling. Instead, they hit you in the gut with… mandolin? Todd Lewis sings the words faithfully in the unaffected style of the original. With each plink of the mandolin, though, it feels like someone is tugging at your heartstrings. The dark confusion of the original sounds much lonelier and more primitive in this cover. For a band who built a legacy on being ominously menacing, they do a fine job capturing the heartache of a great song.
By the way, triple j is an Australian radio station and every Friday a band comes in and performs one of their own songs live and then a cover on a segment called Like a Version. This was yesterday’s. Watch more here.
Matt Jordan asked me to cover this a little over a month ago. I’ve been recording it about twice a week since then. Today, I threw my hands up in the air, yelled “Fuck it” and recorded what I promised myself would be my last try. This was the result.
“You’re So Last Summer” - A Taking Back Sunday ukulele cover