School of Seven Bells Does Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Kiss Them For Me"
Strangely enough, we have our second Siouxsie and the Banshees cover in this edition of Covering Tracks, turned in by the New York-by-way-of-Dallas duo School of Seven Bells. Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza recently headlined Modern 'Til Midnight at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a homecoming gig of sorts for Curtis, who played locally with UFOFU and Tripping Daisy before moving to New York with his brother to start The Secret Machines.
In contrast to the proggy nature of the latter, Curtis' work with School of Seven Bells has become increasingly electronic, culminating with this year's concept album Ghostory. The Siouxsie cover isn't culled from that album, however. Rather it's the A-side to a Record Store Day 7-inch that was just released digitally. Curtis and Deheza deconstruct the track "Kiss Them For Me," building around a synth hook that could've been programmed by Pharrell Williams. Ultimately, it's the percussion and Deheza's vocals that make it, but it's an audacious task to try and top the original.