Daring to suggest, perhaps, but you’d be forgiven for believing, should you not be familiar with popular music from previous eras, that Ferris Durden’s Dancing In The Dark was a timeless pop-rock original.
The production, the performance – there’s a certain chemical balance between passion and precision that allows the natural warmth and uplifting energy of this single to connect.
In short, it’s a brilliant cover, complete with cascading guitars and the full-throttle organic rock set-up, produced to a crisp and contemporary finish. All at once a more than worthy ode to a classic track, and a fine introduction to the project and indeed singer Richard Farrell’s own rock-ready vocal prowess and clear immersion within the moment.
Nostalgic to a degree, but fresh in its subtle reimagining of the eighties hit. Ferris Durden are masters of this craft, a covers band formed by the one and only SJ Warman of The Stone MGs – a personal favourite indie act from the past couple of years. No surprise then, that I love this new release, but don’t let implied bias turn you away. Give it a stream at volume and see that you don’t feel quickly refreshed.