Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.
This Rancid cover falls under the “You either love it or you hate it” category of music. Apparently, indie/alt rock stars Vampire Weekend are also fans of 90’s Bay area punk, as they covered “Ruby Soho” off Rancid’s quintessential album “…And Out Come The Wolves” while performing on a live radio show. Listen to both side-by-side here, and share your thoughts/opinions/hatred/praise in the comments section.