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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Storms’ Covered By Best Coast

Best Coast Stevie Nicks
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It’s not uncommon for an up-and-coming band to cover a song by one of their influences, especially if they’re from the same town. While looking to record a bonus track for their upcoming album, Los Angeles duo Best Coast reached into the songbook of their local heroes, Fleetwood Mac, for inspiration.

But instead of tackling one of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits like ‘Gold Dust Woman’ or ‘Landslide,’  as Smashing Pumpkins and Dixie Chicks have done, Best Coast took on a lesser-known song, ‘Storms,’ an album track from 1979’s ‘Tusk.’ Best Coast re-arrange Stevie Nicks‘ track, using little more than a 12-string guitar, with a keyboard and a bass for accents. Singer Bethany Cosentino’s strong and confident voice hovers over the track and is multi-tracked on the chorus. It could easily pass for something off of one Neko Case‘s last few albums.

Although their 2010 debut, ‘Crazy For You,’ was heavily influenced by the Brill Building girl-group pop of the 1960s, Cosentino has long been a fan of Fleetwood Mac. She also has found inspiration in an unlikely source, Metallica, after having watched their documentary, ‘Some Kind of Monster.’ “There is something to be learned from their examples of high anxiety and survival, and of taking creative leaps of faith,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

Best Coast’s cover of ‘Storms’ will be available as a 7″ single at a limited number of independent record stores. Best Coast’s second studio album, ‘The Only Place,’ will be released May 15 on the Mexican Summer label. You can hear the title track over at Diffuser.

Listen to Best Coast’s Cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Storms’

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