Weaves – “Drag Me Down” (One Direction Cover)

Back in June, we premiered “Tick,” an excellent, chaotically buzzing indie-pop single from Toronto quartet Weaves, who are currently in the process of readying their debut album. Recently, they were asked to record a cover of a pop song for a compilation by streaming service Rdio, and they chose One Direction’s mediocre post-Zayn single “Drag Me Down.” Shortly after the track was finished, however, Rdio declared bankruptcy and was acquired by Pandora, meaning the compilation was kaput and the song had nowhere to go. So now they’ve decided to release it on their own, which is good because it’s a cool cover — a lurching, sinuous groove that bursts into what sounds like an explosion of kazoos in the chorus. Here’s frontwoman Jasmyn Burke on their choice of song:

In what I’m now assuming was one of the streaming service’s last attempts at doing something interesting before shutting down, they had asked us and a group of other artists to pick a song to cover from a list of contemporary music. We chose “Drag Me Down” by One Direction. It might seem like a strange choice, but we are obsessed with pop songs and strong hooks so the challenge was not so much changing everything about the song, but elevating certain parts and adding our own touch so a song meant to appeal to teenage girls would in fact sound like a new Weaves tune. Over the course of one weekend we hibernated in Morgan [Waters, guitarist]’s house and pumped out this new version. It’s an infectious song without us but maybe it’s a licentious song with us.

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