La Dispute - Possum Kingdom

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La Dispute may be new to Undercover, but it’s no stranger to covers. Last year the band took part in our Pioneering series, where they paid tribute to Nirvana with a rollicking cover of “Polly” at Seattle’s El Corazon. This year, the band stopped by our office to take on Toadies’ alt-rock classic, “Possum Kingdom” from the band’s 1994 album Rubberneck. Though it stays faithful to the original, La Dispute finds ways to inject their sensibilities into it, as vocalist Jordan Dreyer slowly builds the tension until it all explodes in the song’s final chorus.

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Do you wanna die? La Dispute’s cover of Toadies’ alt-rock classic “Possum Kingdom” might make you feel that way. The A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover series is a game of chance, after all. Instrumentally, it’s a perfectly respectable approximation of the gnarled chords, creeping bass, and stutter-stepping drums that have been such a sturdy foundation for the past 21 years. Jordan Dreyer, though, struggles to pull off Vaden Todd Lewis’ commanding vocals, draining them of their melodic power and sounding way out of his element. He pulls it together at the end, but still. Blame it on years of fronting a throat-shredding post-hardcore band, I guess. Watch above and judge for yourself.
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