Having recently started a podcast with Jeff Rosenstock, this week's cover is rather fitting. Here with his take on Bomb The Music Industry's 'Hurricane Waves' is, Fake Problems' own, Chris Farren. As well as a cover we discuss getting older, the way music can affect perceptions of lyrics, future collaborations and life's most important question... - Barlow
Hi Chris! A Bomb The Music Industry cover, who would've thunk it?! You've picked a pretty apt cover this week what with your new podcast with Jeff Rosenstock starting. Did that play into your choice this week?
YES. I just spent 8 days in New York, living at Jeff's apartment, making secret music and starting a LOST podcast.
Have you told him about it yet or is this a bit of a surprise?
All my dang covers are surprises! It's more scary covering friends because obviously I want them to like it and not think I did something gross to one of their songs.
You and Jeff go way back. Have you thought of collaborating on something that isn't a LOST podcast?
Jeff is the best and probably the most creative and talented person I know - he's played horns and keys for a few Fake Problems shows, and we just completed making something together that will be revealed to the world very soon. I'm not trying to be like dumb secret guy but I just want to make sure it all gets done before I go blabbing about it.
Your take on 'Hurricane Waves' is a lot more abstract and chilled out than the original. That sort of plays into the tongue in cheek lyrics and actually makes them sound more sincere and introspective. This is a little out there, but do you think music can act almost like a dialect or inflection?
Great question Anthony! I do think the tone of a song can move the listener to hear the lyrics in a certain light, for sure. This song can be kind of an example of that, and that Jenny Owen Youngs cover I did as well - both originals of that song and Hurricane Waves have a kind of confidence to them, and in the covers the lyrics seem more depressing in a way. Run on sentence!
'Hurricane Waves' is a song about getting older. Is that something you worry about?
Not really, no. I mean, I don't really want to die but I am unconcerned with aging. I'm excited to be 30 in a few years. 30 is totally gonna be "my year", man.
Should ska stay dead, yes or no?
Although in many cases very lame, there is something so unabashedly enthusiastic, a sort of raw positivity, that comes across in lot of ska music. You can't really knock that.