I have to start by saying that this is FANTASTIC, but the band’s name “Mr. Dream“… well… ouch! (Maybe just a Brit thing, eh?)
This Brooklyn, New York outfit have, rather fantastically, released a Siouxsie and the Banshees, 6 track, covers EP (cassette ony, with download I think), called the “Siouxsie EP”. Whereas names may not be a strong suit for Mr. Dream, big, fat, tribal goth definitely is.
As I wrote here, Israel is one of the finest Siouxsie tracks, and the Banshees lay their trademark scrawling, spidery, thin guitar lines over a solid backline, but Mr. Dream’s guitar and production is thick and lush and dirty and, well I like it a lot… And all of the songs are from very early Siouxsie LPs.
It came out on 12 December 2012 as a limited edition cassette-only release.
As soon as my copy arrives, I’ll let you know.
Siouxsie EP Tracklisting:
- Spellbound (as heard on Juju)
- Slowdive (as heard on A Kiss In The Dream House)
- Halloween (as heard on Juju)
- Happy House (as heard on Kaleidoscope)
- Israel (as heard on “Israel” 12”)
- Monitor (as heard on Juju)
- Vocals by Lizzy Plapinger (MS MR)
- Guitar and Background Vocals by Adam Moerder
- Bass and Background Vocals by Matt Morello
- Drums by Nick Sylvester
- Recorded by Nick Sylvester at Sound City, Brooklyn
- Mixed by Nick Sylvester at The Wood Room, Brooklyn
- “Israel” written by Siouxsie and the Banshees
New York’s Mr. Dream have recently had the brilliant idea of a six-song Siouxsie And The Banshees cover EP, whose standout track consisted of the 1980 Siouxsie track, “Israel”, featuring one half of MS MR / Neon Gold founder Lizzy Plapinger.
The track marries the New York three-piece’s post-punk tendencies with Lizzy‘s strong, haunting vocals, turning the Siouxsie cover into an equally gorgeous and reverb-soaked rocking number, making it sound like what would happen if MS MR traded in their signature dark synths for rollicking guitars.
The Tumblr-loving duo, MS MR, will be playing two shows at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on the 16th (early show) and 17th (late show – after The Neighbourhood‘s early show), along with a January 22nd stint at L.A.’s Echo before shipping off to Australia for the touring Laneway Festival with the aforementioned Neighbourhood and many other up-and-comers.