Monday, November 30, 2020

The Isotopes, Zane Brune

The Isotopes are an instrumental rock band from Rochester NY, making music that hints to the Shadows, jazz guitar greats like Grant Green and surf rock. On their first Christmas EP they go for the classics (God Rest Ye, Last Christmas, AIWFCIY, etc) but this mash up of Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Little Drummer Boy (orig Katherine K. Davis). This makes for a loud rocking version of both classics, with bells, and it shows craftsmanship.

Speaking of interesting, different covers, try the album by Zane Brune. Very original, not to say barking mad (or blind drunk, you choose) takes of classic carols and xmas pop hits. Lots ofr reverb, rock riffs and odd atmospheres. He made a mash-up too: