In putting together the “Strangelove” playlist, I made the acquaintance of some individuals and bands whose work it’s likely that I’ll be writing a bit about in the near future, and one of them is a duo in Denver, Colorado called Sodium Bride; though formed quite recently, it already has numerous original tracks to its credit, uploaded on its Soundcloud page (and a few live recordings on its Youtube channel), as well as several covers of a wider range of artists than one generally comes across, all interpreted in the spirit of the synthesizer pop of the 1980s, which, at present, may be encountering, well, a new wave of curious interest amongst those who weren’t around to enjoy it during that decade.
It’s still earlier than early days for Von Kater, the singer, and Koobs, the keyboardist and guitarist, and they will I’d imagine devote themselves more to their own songs in the time to come, but for the moment it is in their covers that the two really show the various directions in which they can go, by virtue of the combination of Kater’s dramatic phrasing and his distinctive baritone (there are more than a few echoes of Elvis in his delivery, interspersed now and again by a post-punk snarl) with Koobs’ jaunty arrangements. Most often these explore, as is noted on their Soundcloud page, the “darker side of love” – which, of course, is a very extensive, diverse, and inexhaustible region – and it deserves to be noted here that the band is capable of interpreting songs by men and by women with an equal insight.
How they would render some of the best numbers by The Velvet Underground and Nico, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” for instance, is something I for one would be quite interested to hear; I suspect they’d do a smashing job.
Anyhow, here are four of their covers.
The Smiths, “How Soon Is Now.”
Frank Sinatra, “Summer Wind.”
And finally, Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain.”