It's no secret that Jesse Lacey, frontman of Brand New, is a man of many talents. While Lacey can name writing emo-ballads among his repertoire, the dude also has a knack for recreating the tongue-twisting vocals of Michael Stipe, frontman of R.E.M.
Lacey recorded a cover of R.E.M.'s "Bad Day," which will feature on the final issue of Kevin Devine's the Devinyl Splits series: The compilation features covers from indie-folk artist Kevin Devine and a revolving cast of musicians like Meredith Graves from Perfect Pussy and Matthew Caws from Nada Surf.
Take a listen to Lacey's spot-on rendition of "Bad Day" above. It's more of a twangy acoustic guitar take on the original, which featured the full-bodied sound of a four-piece band. Then, in case your appetite for cover songs hasn't been sated, check out former Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue cover Brand New. You shan't be dissapointed.
The sixth and fin
yal edition of Devinyl Splits will release March 25th on Bad Timing Records.