January 28, 2014


Chvrches Cover Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead" for 'Vampire Academy' Movie

You gotta wonder if Scottish electro-pop trio Chvrches love anything more than a good cover. Luckily, the world seems to enjoy their take on anything and everything with equal fervor. Today, we present to you the trio's take on Goth music's godfathers, Bauhaus.

Lauren Mayberry & Co. have reinterpreted "Bela Lugosi's Dead"—the band's 1979 debut single—which, we must point out, was even dreary by Bauhaus' standards.

Chvrches fill the bare-bones bleakness of the original with up-tempo synths, but somehow manage to keep things surprisingly ominous and ethereal. Lauren's fragile vocals are more staccato than ever before here, and when combined with the gradual crescendo on this track, it all works brilliantly. (Ladytron comparisons are more than fair.)

The song will be featured on the soundtrack for Vampire Academy—a film based on a series of young adult paranormal romance novels. But before your eyes become permanently lodged in the back of your head, know that Mark Waters of Mean Girls fame is at the helm. Also, the score will feature the likes of Sky FerreiraKaty Perry, Au Revoir Simone and Goldfrapp in addition to our fave Scots.

Something to think about… or at least cock your head about. And after you've done that, check out some other colorful Chvrches covers. Highlights: the softer side of Rage Against the Machine, Whitney Houston minus bombast plus synths and the Game of Thrones theme song which sent the Internet into a Level 4 nerdgasm.