Cover songs are still my favorite way for emerging bands to put their own sound on a hit song and get easy attention. However 2012 was for some reason a slow year for cover songs. Luckily a handful of bands did them well and left us with flipped and twisted takes on old classics and net hits alike. Here are my 10 favorites (#1 at the bottom). What did I miss? Read more

[MP3/COVER] PK – “Chase The Sky” + “Not In Love” (Crystal Castles & Robert Smith Cover)

i know you’re running away, yeah in your past there’s a ghost and he’s following

♫ PK – Chase The Sky

  • Who: Travis, Nick, Matt, Mikel, Rico
  • What: Indie pop rock , like Northstar, Saves The Day, Moneen
  • Where: San Luis Obispo, CA + Facebook
  • When: Buy new EP The Lost Boys Sessions now.
  • Why: Click on any of the band links above and you wont get a post by this site. That’s because they are all pre-TBE. That golden age of alternative/post-punk/emo/indie rock that was filled with as many hooks as raw edges. PK are boldly going where many have gone before and reminding us that its a pretty damn fun place to be. Guitars, hooks, and driving rhythm sections. Listening to “Chase The Sky” makes me rather be at one of their concerts than most of the ones I’ve been to recently. Which is lucky because they will be playing alongside Jhameel and Y Luv in a show The Burning Ear is damn proud to present. October 23rd, right here in LA at the Silverlake Lounge. Book your flights now.

♫ PK – Not In Love (Crystal Castles & Robert Smith Cover)

BY THE WAY! Did I mention that they cast magical spells on this Crystal Castles/Robert Smith joint and conjured up this cover that I can’t stop listening to. If they play this live I will pop.

[MP3] Crystal Castles ft. The Cure’s Robert Smith

i saw your picture hangin’ on the back of my door, won’t give you my heart, no one lives there anymore

I am a big Crystal Castles fan. I am an even bigger fan of The Cure (Robert Smith).

When The Cure was dominating airwaves I was too young to understand the emotion Robert Smith was conveying but by no means did I let their sound escape me. The Cure is a band that has been and always will be a part of my library.

Ok, enough with the fan boy nostalgia.

A Crystal Castles and Robert Smith collaboration isn’t something I or anyone ever really imagined and this potentially could have been disastrous, but for this track, opposites attracted, got married and made a beautiful trashy goth baby.

This song is really as good as it could possibly be, with a perfect balance of Crystal Castles obscurity and Roberts Smiths legendary new wave romantic soul we have an epic song of love and heartbreak. The base track originally given to us by 80′s Canadian new wave band Platinum Blonde, has been transformed by Crystal Castles’ trashy synthesizer grind, making it a song they can call their own.

It may have taken three bands and three attempts, but the end result gives us one of the best electronic love/heartbreak songs I have heard in years.

♫ Crystal Castles- Not In Love ft Robert Smith

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