Anti-Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats, Menzingers | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Anti-Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats, Menzingers Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Wed., Jan. 13, 5 p.m. 2010

I'd like to see ironic cover songs go the way of the ironic trucker hat. Not only are they cheap jokes, as played out as yelling "Free Bird" at a concert, but they're disrespectful of their source material in a way I find unbearable. Much more interesting are covers that reveal an unlikely connection between the original performers and the cover band. On their recent self-titled tour-only EP, the Cancer Bats tackle Tegan and Sara's "So Jealous," and though the prospect of four largish, hirsute, angry-sounding dudes playing a pop song by two cute Canadian new-wave fans might understandably fill you with dread, it works: trading the synthy gloss of the original for a metal-flavored version of posthardcore swagger rock (a la the Murder City Devils and the Bronx), the Cancer Bats turn a song already loaded with self-loathing into a grinding barrage of almost nihilistic despair. —Miles Raymer

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