Hook Sly Withers' cover of Spacey Jane's unstoppable Booster Seat into my veins
One of West Australia's best bands tackle one of the state's biggest songs of the year, and the results are incredible.
We've gone on and on and on and on about the brilliance of Spacey Jane throughout 2020, and at the end of the day, everyone in West Australia and beyond already knows about it - they have, after all, blossomed into one of 2020's breakthrough acts. A lot of that has to do with their debut album Sunlight and most notably, its post-release success story in Booster Seat - a tender moment plucked from the record's depths that has a fairly decent shot at taking out the triple j Hottest 100 in a couple of weekends.
Sly Withers, meanwhile, are another West Australian group who made 2020 their own - and a group that definitely shouldn't be excused from the conversation surrounding the state's current-day musical peaks. In 2019, they captured the excitement surrounding them through their Gravis EP, a six-track collection of indie and punk-rock that in the singles they've shared throughout 2020 - Explode Into View, Bougainvillea and the brilliant Cracks - they've doubled down upon, showcasing why they're a group worth dealing with in the year ahead.
Another way they've shown that has been via covers that have littered their social media across the last six months or so; the four-piece getting together in various forms to cover stand-out tracks from their year as a bit of a musical / creative release throughout the coronavirus period, which no doubt dampened their touring plans throughout much of the year. First, there was a Modern Baseball cover. Then, PUP and Pedro The Lion; Amy Shark and Slowly Slowly; Carla Geneve and even a few stripped-back acoustic takes of songs from their own collection.
Now, they've delivered their latest in the form of Booster Seat; the Spacey Jane favourite getting the Sly Withers treatment as two of West Australia's most brilliant acts come together - kind-of - in a way that really champions the talent we have. It's a stirring acoustic cover that strips the already quite gentle track right back to its core; rich with the reflection of the original but interpreted in a way that feels like a testament to the song's reliability, and how everyone can find a touch of themselves in the song's core.
It's remarkably good and packs enough harmonies to last us until the end of the month, and you can take a dive into it below, with a video shot by close pal and collaborator Tim Elphick.
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