Jimmy Eat World, a band that holds a pretty dear place in my heart, has recently been covering Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” during their live shows and performed a studio version as web-only bonus after a recent Conan appearance. I am one of the few (only?) Taylor Swift dissenters on Stereogum staff, so when her original came out, it only registered to me as one of those songs that just unrelentingly stitches itself to your brain, not as the kiss-off track of the year. This is the kind of crossbreeding that would drive certain people up the wall, but I know the band well enough to know that they would tone this down from triumph into something warm. Where Swift was employing anthemic vocals on the hook, Jim Adkins sings them heartbreak calm, which is its own kind of confidence, one in line with Jimmy Eat World’s aural aesthetic which they utilize throughout the cover. Bonus points for nonchalantly singing, “And you would hide away / and find your peace of mind / with some indie record / that’s much cooler than mine,” especially when you’re a band who has catapulted away from their humble, alt beginnings. Check it out below. It’s beautiful.
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