Tuesday, January 30, 2024

TEKE::TEKE Covers The Clash

Photo courtesy TEKE::TEKE

Last year we discovered the excellent Montreal based Japanese psych band TEKE::TEKE, so we couldn't be more thrilled to discover they're part of an upcoming tribute album for The Clash. They chose to cover "Bankrobber," and while it is true to the original, TEKE::TEKE make it their own. Vocalist Maya Kuroki chose to sing the lyrics in Japanese which was inspired by an avant-garde musical movement in Japan happening at the same time as punk in the UK. The result is a version that is less dub inspired and more experimental... and also a little more traditional and folky. It's not a way I expected to hear a classic from The Clash done, but if you're a fan of The Clash, that's what makes it perfect.

Sei Nakauchi Pelletier says of the band's decision to cover "Bankrobber":

“‘Bankrobber’ was the first ever song I heard from The Clash, it was on a compilation tape a dear friend of mine had made for me in my early 20’s. The Clash went on to become one of my favorite and most-inspiring rock bands of all-time, way beyond their musical genius but also for their political stances and DIY approach.” 

You can listen to TEKE::TEKE's version of "Bankrobber" below. Hearts & Minds & Crooked Beats is due out on February 7 (International Clash Day) and benefits the International Rescue Committee and their work with refugees. For more on TEKE::TEKE, check out the band's website.

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