Smokejumper is doing a monthly single series that they’re releasing online. So far they’re all pretty damn great; here are the first three they’ve done. They all include one original and one cover. (You can get them on Smokejumper’s bandcamp page).
Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party – Monthly Single #1 March ’12
‘Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party’ is the first song of Smokejumper’s single series; it’s a perfect pop punk song, especially with summer just around the corner in March. This song instantly shows the band have stepped up their game, it’s better than any of their previous stuff.
The cover they did for the first single is a Mountain Goats cover, ‘No Children’, I’d have never guessed that this was a Mountain Goats cover, then again Smokejumper doesn’t sound much like the Mountain Goats either. I really like this because it doesn’t sound anything like Mountain Goats, it gives this song totally new life, and it’s a great cover with a new sound to it.
1. Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party
2. No Children
Bear Attack – Monthly Single #2 April ’12
‘Bear Attack’ only has one problem; Smokejumper will never have a better song. Bear Attack is fucking perfect. It’s a fast punk rock song about; well it’s about a massive Bear Attack. Maybe the best song of the year.
The cover they went with for this single is Cock Sparrer’s ‘Where Are They Now’. I’ve never listened to much Cock Sparrer so I don’t have a comparison here but as far as the cover goes I really dig it. It’s a great pop punk song, reminds me a bit of Mr. T Experience, I think that’s mostly the vocals though.
1. Bear Attack
2. Where Are They Now
The Ballad of Elvin Crab – 2012 Single #3
‘The Ballad of Elvin Crab’ is Smokejumper’s third entry in the single series, and another great pop punk song by the band, this one is almost as good as ‘Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party’ which was a great song. These guys have really made me want to hear more of their new stuff as soon as possible.
The cover for this is one I’m very familiar with, a Mr. T Experience song that gets overlooked by most people, ‘Naomi’. MTX is my favorite pop punk band so I was really hoping they didn’t fuck this one up. They didn’t. It’s an A+ cover of a great song. I’ve really got to commend the vocals here too; they do a nice job at what’s probably one of the harder MTX songs to get the vocals right on.
1. The Ballad of Elvin Crab