Bentcousin on stage

Bentcousin on stageOne of our bands to watch last year, pop punk upstarts Bentcousin have followed up their summer single with a cover of Dinosaur Jr’s Freak Scene.

The track has the indiepop band team up with musician and producer Kerwood for a laid back electro take on the scuzzy classic from Dinosaur Jr.

The cover takes out the scuzz and replaces it with St. Etienne-like crisp synths and buzzing basslines. They stop one step short of adding the squelch of a 303 meaning this is more early-hours comedown than jump around anthem.

Not a band to shy away from collaboration (Keith Levene plays guitar on the b-side to latest single Dizzy) their cheeky out-to-shock persona is tempered by the smooth groove that Kerwood adds here. It’s a step away from the tracks the band released on their mini album last year (for Team Love Records) and shows they are more than a gimmicky or kitsch throw-away pop band but exciting musicians who aren’t scared to have fun.


The video for the original version of Freak Scene was filmed in the garden of Louder Than War editor John Robb‘s house and you can read the tale of how that came about here.

You can find Bentcousin on Soundcloud here and Kerwood on Soundcloud here.

All words by Sarah Lay. You can read more from Sarah on Louder Than War here or find her on Twitter.


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Sarah is a former editor of Louder Than War and a freelance music writer for numerous other publications online and in print. Co-owner of Reckless Yes Records she has put out music by LIINES, Pet Crow and lots of other awesome bands as well as put on shows by bands including Bivouac, Mark Morriss, Desperate Journalist and Dream Nails. She's an author, user experience designer and digital content strategist, as well as an occasional broadcaster. Sarah is a compulsive collector of coloured vinyl, a believer in the boogie and is in love with possibilities.


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