by MythofRock

There are covers that faithfully pay homage to the original, and then there are those rare gems that manage to carve out a distinct identity of their own. Frenchy and the Punk‘s rendition of “Cities In Dust” by Siouxsie and the Banshees unquestionably falls into the latter category. Frenchy and the Punk, known for their eclectic fusion of folk, punk, and cabaret elements, have taken on the challenge of reimagining one of the iconic tracks from Siouxsie and the Banshees’ catalog. “Cities In Dust,” originally released in 1985, is a post-punk classic that embodies the atmospheric and haunting sound of its era. Samantha Stephenson and Scott Helland establish their own sonic version. The cover opens with drums and an acoustic guitar, immediately signaling a departure from the synths that dominate the original track. This choice brings a raw, earthy quality to the song, setting the stage for the distinctive vocal stylings of the duo. Samantha Stephenson’s vocals weave effortlessly between ethereal and grounded, adding a layer of mystique to the narrative. The magic truly unfolds when Scott Helland’s guitar work kicks in. His mastery of the instrument shines through, injecting the cover with a lively energy while maintaining a delicate balance with the underlying melancholy. The acoustic arrangement, combined with Helland’s skillful guitar playing, results in a rendition that feels both intimate and expansive. The duo seamlessly blend folk elements with the underlying post-punk spirit of the original, creating a sonic tapestry that is both timeless and contemporary. They infuse a classic with new life without losing the essence that makes the song iconic. The chemistry between Stephenson and Helland is palpable, and it elevates the cover into a collaborative expression that goes beyond a mere reproduction. To sum up, Frenchy and the Punk deliver their great own interpretation of a post-punk classic, which should not be missed! That is post-punk art!

♦ 8,5/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos



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