The Lowlifes – “Used to Be” (Beach House Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

The Lowlifes are the new project of Matt Pond PA namesake Matt Pond and his longtime producer Chris Hansen — no, not the guy from Dateline NBC. Earlier this year they released their debut album Still Summer Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Fury, and they’re following that with a cover of Beach House’s 2008 single “Used To Be.” The Lowlifes keep the ache at the core of the song but convert the musical accompaniment from spare, magisterial shoegaze to something rustic and tender. Here’s some background from Pond:

For me, this is the first song that made Beach House the kind of band that breaks all the light bulbs. This is the one song I’ll never stop singing in the shower, humming as I collect my mail. And though we’re a million miles away from achieving the stunning sound and vision they create, this may be the most fun anyone’s ever had with their own epitaph. Yes.

Check out the Lowlifes’ “Used To Be” cover along with Pond’s upcoming tour dates below.

10/28 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
10/29 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
10/30 SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/31 Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
11/01 The Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
11/03 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
11/04 Dante’s – Portland, OR
11/06 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
11/07 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
11/09 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
11/10 Turf Club – St Paul, MN
11/12 Subterranean – Chicago, IL
11/13 The High Watt – Nashville, TN
11/14 Musica – Akron, OH
11/16 The Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY
11/17 Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
11/18 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
11/19 The Middle East – Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
11/20 BSP Kingston – Kingston, NY
11/21 Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY