Our favourite heartbreakers Dashboard Confessional are back (although for those of you who are too young to remember the ‘00s emo phase, they might have slipped under your radar in the first place) and they’ve cemented their return with the release of a new EP.
The Covered and Taped EP features four covers, from The 1975 to Justin Bieber, and they are all gorgeously charming and beautifully executed, just the way we always remembered Dashboard Confessional. But the band are no strangers to the odd cover song; below are our five favourite covers from the quartet.
1. Love Yourself (Justin Bieber)
Let’s start with the most recent, shall we? While their cover of The 1975’s ‘Sex’ has received a lot of (well-deserved) hype, we reckon that this version of one of the past year’s biggest songs from the same record is probably our favourite.
2. El Scorcho (Weezer)
Dashboard have a knack for hitting you right in the feels and, even though they take a much more shrug-it-off approach, Weezer are another band who often manage to do the same. This heartfelt, honest classic from Pinkerton is already an awesome song, and we love this take on it!
3. Angels of the Silences (Counting Crows)
Did someone say angel? This practically heavenly cover of Counting Crows’ punchy yet enchanting track is softer than the original, and adds a new, delicate note to the number.
BONUS VID: Check out this live video of Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz joining Dashboard Confessional on stage to perform ‘Angels of the Silences’!
4. Overkill (Men At Work)
Fans of the TV show Scrubs might recognise this one from an episode – remember when the guy in the hospital gown in a wheelchair whips out an acoustic guitar and starts banging out this tune? Yeah, you know the one. Anyway, with personal, melancholy and frank lyrics, it’s like this song was made for Dashboard Confessional!
5. Sex (The 1975)
… Okay, we’ll admit, this is a pretty good one!