Dynamic dream-pop duo Day Wave (aka Jackson Phillips) and Hazel English have combined their considerable talents for a cover of classic Interpol track “PDA,” off that band’s 2002 studio debut Turn on the Bright Lights, which turned 15 this year.
Day Wave and Hazel English have quite a bit in common: Both acts call the Bay Area home, and list Interpol among their foremost influences. Phillips has been Hazel English’s longtime producer, but their “PDA” cover is the first time they’ve officially featured on the same song.
Phillips and English trade ethereal vocals over light, yet driving drums and needling guitars that echo the New York City post-punks with aplomb. “You’re so cute when you’re frustrated, dear / You’re so cute when you’re sedated, dear,” the duo sings in unison, eventually giving way to a staccato guitar breakdown boosted by rippling synths and English’s reverent vocalizing.
Phillips said of the song in a statement:
I remember first hearing Turn on the Bright Lights when I was 14. I was blown away. And for me the immediate stand out was “PDA.” I’ve been playing the song on repeat ever since. I never thought of attempting to cover it until recently, it was almost too important to me. But having been so influential for me, I thought it would be cool to pay homage to the album.
English added, “Listening to Interpol really takes me back to my teenage years and I had a really fun time covering ‘PDA’ with Day Wave.”
Day Wave, whom we declared the Best of What’s Next last summer, is a rising indie-pop star who made our list of 2016’s best new artists. We had the pleasure of premiering “Untitled” in March, a single from Day Wave’s winning debut album The Days We Had. English recently released her debut full-length, as well, a double EP titled Just Give In / Never Going Home—stream it here.
Listen to their “PDA” cover below (or here), and Day Wave’s 2016 Daytrotter Session further down.