For fifteen years, the Punk Goes Pop music series has been cranking out Alternative, Skater Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Rapcore versions of some of the biggest current radio hits. They’re now up to Volume 7 of the pop music editions. In addition, they’ve had Punk Goes Metal, Punk Goes Crunk, Punk Goes Christmas….you get the idea! Volume 6 featured an amazing cover by I Prevail of “Blank Space” from Taylor Swift. What stands out on the latest edition? If you’re only looking for buying a few tracks, here’s the standouts:
Similar But With A Little More Attitude – “Love Yourself” by Greyscale
Bieber fans will still get a kick out of the new version but this time around there is a rougher edge to the kiss-off lyrics.
Taking Things In A New Direction – “When We Were Young” by Andy Black and Juliett Sims
The lead singer of the Black Veil Brides and the Season 2 Runner-Up from NBC’s The Voice team up for an inspired take on Adele’s follow-up to “Hello”. Hearing the song as a duet adds a new element to the lyrics and it’s the top track on the album overall.
Post-Hardcore Remake – “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Amity Affliction or “That’s What I Like” by Dance Gavin Dance
The question here is just how radical do you want your remix? The Bruno Mars cover starts in a familiar vein but quickly goes off the chain as a the growl takes over the pop hit. The Amity Affliction offer up a little less aggression with their take on The Weekend smash hit.