Not to over editorialize, but covering The Clash should be like the bar exam for punk bands: if they can’t do it, then it’s time to consider a career change. Luckily, Brooklyn’s The So So Glos passed this test with flying colors when they covered “City of the Dead” at a January 29th benefit concert for Strummerville, the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. As far as homages go, the band found a balance between the gritty original and their more pop-punk leanings, only slightly tweaking the speed and pacing, while looking like they’re having an absolute blast the whole time. Watch the replay below.
For some original jams from the band, be sure to check out “Diss Town”, off their forthcoming Spring release, Blowout.