Photo by Heather Kaplan
The likes of the Black Keys and Florence and the Machine contributing to Rave on Buddy Holly was a perfect storm of big-name acts paying ode to an even bigger name. But when Death Cab for Cutie pay homage, they go for something less obvious: covering a band most of us may not be aware of in UK indie rockers Ride.
Formed in Oxford, UK in 1988, Ride was an alternative rock band part of the early shoegaze movement. After breaking up in 1996, founding member Andy Bell eventually went on to become a member of Oasis and Beady Eye. The band later reunited in 2001 to released a limited edition CD for the BBC.
And while they’re a comparative footnote in the canon of English indie rock, Ride appealed and influenced DCFC enough for the latter to cover “Twisterella” off Ride’s 1992 Going Blank Again. Recorded at a recent Codes and Keys promotional stop at BBC Radio One’s Maida Vale studio, the track has actually been a part of their repertoire for some time. The end result of this recording, though, is a blast of Ben Gibbard and co. circa Something About Airplanes, which is to say pure indie pop goodness.
Check out the DCFC cover (courtesy of Listen Before You Buy):
And now, the original: