Coming in at number 9 in last year’s Hottest 100, The Preatures’ “Is This How You Feel?” is a highly popular hit that was circulating the airwaves only a matter of months ago. Now, in what some might consider a gutsy move, fellow Sydney band The Holidays have taken this hit and made it their own.
The indie rock three piece recently released their second album, Real Feel, including popular singles “All Time High” and “Home”, and are currently touring the country. They hit The Hi-Fi in Melbourne on the 4th of July and still have tickets available if you’re quick.
This cover is one of my favourites of the year so far, mainly due to its simplicity. It stays true to the original in terms of melody and rhythm but is stripped back, making it much more raw. The pace has slowed significantly, taking it from an upbeat party song to a chill-out tune. Towards the end, they manage to incorporate a bit of “Sexual Healing” into the mix, really adding to the sex appeal of this silky smooth cover.
Listen to the live recording below (skip to 1:02 if you don’t want to hear them talking to Matt & Alex) and let us know what you think.
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Recent album: Real Feel, released 21February.
Sounds like: Little Red, The John Steel Singers, Hungry Kids of Hungary
Say what? Apparently, after forgetting his umbrella, triple j’s Alex Dyson followed drummer, Andrew Kerridge, around all day at the Sydney Polo.