The Maine has achieved blowing my mind once again. Back in December, they released an EP titled Covers (Side A), on which they cover 3 of their favourite tracks from the 1990s. Now, I know we’re a little late on this, but these covers are so amazing, they deserve to talked about.
The Maine is one of those bands that to me, just keeps getting better. Every time they put an album out, it somehow blows the last one right out of the water. These guys are that good. This EP is absolutely no exception, even though there are no original songs on it. Let me break this down for you:
The first track is a cover of You Get What You Give by New Radicals, featuring guest vocals by Brennan Smiley. They didn’t change all that much to this one, it pretty much just sounds like an amped up version of the original. But don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing.
Remember Len? I sure do. You probably know them for a little song called Steal My Sunshine. The Maine took on the mega 90s hit and it’s incredible. They put a pop punk spin on this tune with the help of their friend Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade, and it’s honestly everything I never knew I needed.
Okay. The last cover on this EP is my absolute favourite. Of course, you can’t have a 90s cover compilation without some good old BSB, right? Right. The Backstreet Boys’ As Long As You Love Me completes this tiny collection. This is definitely the standout track out of the three. The Maine did such a good job at making this their own, I swear it’s almost unrecognizable. The original, as you probably know, is a somewhat upbeat, happy tune. This version is the complete opposite. They went completely stripped down, just a guitar and some vocals. They slowed it down immensely and really put an emotional twist on it. This. Is. Incredible.
You can pick up Covers (Side A) on iTunes here.