Members of Boats standing sorta near some water (Valentin Mittelstet)
If you plan to attend a Boats show in the near future, be advised that the band could bust out any of these covers at any time.
With a CD release party for their third album A Fairway Full of Miners rapidly approaching, it seemed like a good time to check in for a status update on what songs might make the final cut.
Singer Mat Klachefsky provided the Playlist, and the updates:
"Randy Described Eternity" by Built To Spill
I really love the lyrics for this song, and while I love Built To Spill this one came out during their period where they were doing very long skronky solos in every song. I wanted to try to make it a short slow song, driven by synths and keyboards. I wanted it to sound like the groan right before Brooklyn Bridge collapses in the movies. We practiced it a few times but I don't think we will continue it. Status: Retooling.
"1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
Most of the band are big Smashing Pumpkins fans, especially Ashley and I who both spent our teens listening to them almost exclusively. Everyone likes this song, so we wanted to give it a try. After learning it and playing the riffs a few time I have come to the conclusion that the song itself might actually not be all that great, it's just that the production is so amazing that replicating it effectively would not be possible. Status: Abandoned.
"Styrofoam Boots" by Modest Mouse
I used to play this one when I was performing on my own. It's probably the most dexterous thing I can play on guitar, which is sad. Luke (our drummer) always wants me to play it but I haven't in a long time. Status: Performed a few times when out of ideas or killing time because something broke.
"Nothing But Flowers" by Talking Heads
Another song with lyrics that I like a lot. I wanted to do a version that was more straight ahead and chugging rather than the tropical version, and I think I performed it once to a small crowd way back when but never brought it to the band. Status: Performed once solo.
"The Glow Pt. 2" by The Microphones
This one we performed a few times and actually recorded. It can be found on our Japanese version of Cannonballs, Cannonballs. I've always been a big fan of Phil Elverum, he makes some of the most interesting lo-fi music, yet has a surprisingly awesome Twitter feed. Status: Performed and recorded but don't request it because we forgot how to play it.
Boats releases A Fairway Full of Miners at the West End Cultural Centre Feb. 2.