Making a recording of cover songs can be tricky business. First, there is the issue of doing justice to the band whose songs are being covered. Then there is the very important part that involves getting slightly creative with the songs so they aren't exact copies, yet without moving too far from the originals. These are the areas where a lot of bands fall short in the process of covering songs by other bands. Orlando indie rock quintet You Blew It! did not have those challenges with their EP of Weezer covers, titled You Blue It, on Topshelf Records. Or rather, if they did face those challenges, it doesn't show in the finished versions of the songs.
By the title of the five-song EP one can easily infer that the material is entirely based on Weezer's 1994 self-titled debut album, otherwise known as The Blue Album. Out of Weezer's releases over the years, The Blue Album remains the fan favorite, and it has inspired and influenced a great many listeners and artists with its collection of unique and exceptionally well-written alternative rock songs. In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversay of The Blue Album by Weezer, You Blew It! commented:
The Blue Album means a lot to us. Aside from them being one of the few bands we can unanimously agree on, they’re one of the most defining bands of our generation. I’m not sure that we would be a band without Weezer, so this was just the best way we could come up with to pay tribute to them. Plus holy shit it was fun. Oh and You Blue It was too good of a pun to pass up so whatever."
As a huge Weezer fan myself, I was happy when I discovered that You Blew It! chose Weezer songs other than "Undone - The Sweater Song," "Buddy Holly," and "Say It Ain't So." Instead, they chose to do "My Name Is Jonas," "Surf Wax America," "In the Garage," "Only In Dreams," and "Susanne." Now, these are remarkably close to the originals, with tiny liberties to put You Blew It's mark on them, and as such they standout. Listening to this EP, one can clearly tell that You Blew It! have been strongly influenced by Weezer.
You Blue It is available as digital download from Topshelf Records now. Physical copies will become available on August 12th, 2014.