Many times have I mentioned my affinity for the punk-to-alternative rock band The Replacements. Paul Westerberg’s gritty vocals, the lyrical self-deprecation — these are the trademarks of the genre pioneers, and they are the heart of “Bastards of Young”.
Talia’s cover of the track keeps the energy — the anger and the apathy — but expands the song with a rigorous guitar and a more sturdy sound. The drums keep tenacious rhythm while the bass builds velocity, and the guitar solo just past the halfway mark will leave your mouth watering.
The cover keeps the soul of its source material, but brings a polish to the production that makes it their own. The French musical trio packs a punch with their sound, citing 90s bands such as Hole as an influence. With three albums already out, this rendition of “Bastards of Young” might indicate what is next to come from Talia, who hit the studio once more this past October.