It’s Makeover Monday again and you know what that means: I’m reviewing another cover song.
Song: Little Lion Man
Written By: Mumford & Sons
Performed By: Tonight Alive
Album: Punk Goes Pop Volume 4
I just recently heard this cover of Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man” performed by Tonight Alive, a punk band from Sydney Australia’s underground hardcore scene consisting of 19 year old singer Jenna McDougall, guitarist Whakaio Taahi, bass player Cameron Adler, rhythm guitarist Jake Hardy, and drummer Matt Best. The band started off in the underground metalcore circuit playing harder pop punk songs reminiscent of the hits of A Day To Remember. They immediately took the scene by storm gaining a massive, youthful fanbase.
Now for the song review.
Little Lion Man is originally a folk, bluegrass song by England’s Mumford & Sons. The original is a great song and is one of the few recent songs that actually deserves its airtime across the world’s radio waves. One would think a song that is already embedded in our ears would be a difficult song to cover, but Tonight Alive succeeded in turning an already great song into a unique masterpiece of their own. While staying true to the original artist’s vocal inflections and melodies, they managed to integrate their own pop-punk style rhythms and percussion into the song, completely changing the genre of the tune from folk to rock.
Tonight Alive’s cover of the song was realeased in November of 2011 on the compilation album, Punk Goes Pop Volume 4. I am a Huge fan of the Punk Goes… series of compilation albums; I think they have a lot of good bands doing great covers of songs, but if I had to say one bad thing about them, it would be that most of the bands doing covers on their compilations are not actually punk bands. Most of the covers are hardcore covers played by hardcore or metal bands, but though Tonight Alive may not actually be a traditional punk band, their cover of Little Lion Man has very distinct punk attributes that would justify their appearance on the album.
All in all, this is a great cover, I love the original song, but this version blew me away when the tempo sped up after the first chorus, and then blew me away again when Jenna McDougall showcased her vocal ability in the second and last chorus of the song. Amazing cover. Awesome band.