July 12, 2017 |

Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop Vol 7

Fearless Records Punk Goes Pop Vol 7

July 12, 2017 |

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Fearless Records are back with a new Punk Goes Pop volume 7 (out July 14 via the label). Having previously featured the likes of Pierce The Veil, Rise Against, Asking Alexandria and Sleeping With Sirens amongst many more, it’s exciting to hear the new crop of acts chosen to cover some of the current pop hits.

Opening the compilation is State Champs with their version of Shawn MendesStitches. It’s catchy and the vocals work well. A very good choice of cover for the pop punks. The first track to be released from the record was Dance Gavin Dance’s version of Bru’s That’s What I Like, it’s catchy and has some good guitar work. The change between harsh screams and melodic cleans works well.

Kehlani’s Gangsta gets a New Years Day rework and while it’s really weird to hear Ash do a more dancey track, it weirdly works well. It stays true to the track, however adding a more punk vibe with heavier drums. Can’t Feel My Face gets a revamp courtesy of The Amity Affliction and was recently revealed with a zombie based video. While I’ve never heard the original by The Weeknd, this version is one that I’d admittedly stick on and play on repeat. Andy Black teams up with wife Juliet Simms for a rendition of Adele’s When We Were Young. This is quite an odd thing to hear someone with a distinct low voice like Andy covering an artist that is usually more high pitched but his dulcet tones lull you to sleep in the ballad. Juliet’s vocals add a touch of the original track and when they harmonise, it sounds great!

I’ve made it clear how I am not a fan of Justin Bieber or his songs, although I have been known to tolerate (and even like) some covers of them, so I was prepared to give Grayscale’s version of Love Yourself a go (although it is one of his most recent tracks that I actually really despise). Grayscale actually do a very good version of the track, although it’s just not for me (nothing to do with the band’s version, it’s just I’ve never liked and will most likely never like the track in any form). Fake Love by Drake gets a hardcore makeover from Capsize, it’s catchy and I enjoyed it.