Savages' Jehnny Beth and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas Rage on New Punk Cover [LISTEN]
New York City born-and-bred frontman of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, along with Savages' Jehnny Beth, have unleashed a brand new raging punk rock cover of Sort Sol's "Boy/Girl" and it's undeniably rad.
The original tune was crafted in 1983 by the Danish punk outfit, featuring Lydia Lunch, but it's clear that Casablancas and Beth took their affinity towards the song and ran with it, transforming the classic track into a new age indie-punk fusion track.
The cover will be released as a limited edition seven-inch single, complemented by a remix by Savages producer Johnny Hostile. The record will drop on December 18 via Casablancas' own Cult Records, as well as Savages' own Pop Noire Records. Digital versions are now available for purchase, as well as pre-orders for a physical copy via the Cult Records site.
Casablancas, who has been known to often lay down his own interpretations of classic songs, even recently covering Milli Vanilli and The Doors, elaborated on his and Beth's decision to perform the cover according to Rolling Stone. "I had never heard the song before and still have no idea what the hell the words are talking about," he stated. "It sounds like a Danish dude trying to sound like he's saying English-sounding words."
Beth also added her two cents about the song, stating "Sort Sol are cult in Denmark, and today are very influential in the Copenhagen scene (Iceage etc...)... I would be pleased to make their name known better." She, along with Casablancas, appear in front of trippy background imagery and on old television sets in the fuzzy music video, which was directed by Warren Fu of Cult Records.
Juilian Casablancas released his latest album, Tyranny, with his solo project's backing band, The Voidz, in November of 2014. Savages are in the midst of promoting their second studio album, Adore Life, due out January 22 via Matador Records.