It’s time for another edition of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, in which I feature covers of great songs done on strange instruments, or things that aren’t even instruments at all!
— The Strokes (@thestrokes) March 24, 2016
Today’s song comes courtesy of New York’s The Strokes, a band that found themselves at the forefront of the garage rock revival movement of the early 2000’s. Back in 2003, I was an impressionable young man, just entering high school and looking to expand my horizons. I read a review of The Strokes’ sophomore album, Room on Fire, which gave it huge praise, suggesting the band members had been practicing their asses off in between albums. Wandering through the CD section at a Future Shop back in the day, I came across that album, and inspired by that positive review (and my desire to be more in the know about up and coming bands), I purchased it. The fact that the same place I read that review would go on to slam the album a few years later doesn’t matter to me, though I’d agree that it IS very similar stylistically to their debut, Is This It. Regardless of all that, I can still throw on Room on Fire and be transported back to the first few times I listened to it.
One of the songs that really jumped out at me (and at everyone, it would seem), was the album’s second track, Reptilia. You might remember that one from being featured in Guitar Hero 3. I remember it from listening to it over and over again and eventually learning to play it on guitar.
Today’s cover comes courtesy of a group who have been featured in the Inappropriate Instrumentals series before: The Punch Brothers. If you follow the series closely, you might remember their amazing cover of The Cars‘ Just What I Needed.
If you don’t recall, here’s how I described the Brothers Punch then:
The Punch Brothers are a group whose style has been described as “bluegrass instrumentation and spontaneity in the structures of modern classical,” whatever that means. Personally, I prefer the tag “Progressive Bluegrass.” Regardless of their style, they know how to make some lovely sounding music.
Like the last time, this is part of A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover series. It starts with lead singer Chris Thile recounting a time he saw The Strokes at a festival in Nashville, and frontman Julian Casablancas was apparently really hammered. Here, have a look… Oh, and make sure to keep watching for the song:
And until next time, remember to know the difference between hearing The Strokes and having a stroke – it could save your life!