Coheed and Cambria are a New York prog-metal band. The Smiths were an English outfit who pioneered the indie pop sound. Here’s what we always thought of as a case of never the twain shall meet. However, thanks to the Onion’s AV Club, the twain, in fact, did meet as Coheed recently put their own unique spin on Morrissey and Co.’s “A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours”.
The cover is a part of the AV Club’s ongoing Undercover series, where 25 bands are invited to cover 25 songs chosen by the AV Club staff. Each song is crossed off the list after being performed, which will eventually lead to one band being forced to perform one song and oh, how the hilarity will ensue.
“A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours” is a bit of a deep cut, so much so that singer-guitarist Claudio Sanchez didn’t even know the song that well. Turns out, though, that it didn’t stop the band from making it their own. While normally a band who loves blasting fans with decibels, the intimate performance sees Sanchez and guitarist Travis Stever creating a minimalistic landscape with a couple of acoustic guitars and Sanchez’s trademark voice. The result is a song that is of equal ferocity as any from their own catalog and an eerily joyous ode to the legendary UK outfit.
Make sure to check out some other Undercover performances, including the Retribution Gospel Choir covering The Beach Boys and Motion City Soundtrack doing their best version of Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair”. Yes, I just used Motion City Soundtrack and Pavement in the same sentence.