Fontaines D.C. cover The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ for new compilation
Fontaines D.C. have shared an incredible cover of The Beach Boys track ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ as part of a new compilation album which will see artists taking on some iconic songs and giving them a fresh new spin. The Irish punks have chosen to take on the massive pop hit ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, taken from The Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds, and have given it a naturally post-punk undertone.
Deezer’s InVersions, the title of the compilation, will also see Arlo Parks performing her first-ever track in French, while Alfie Templeman takes on the Tears for Fears classic ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’. The record is set to be a serious collector’s item in the future.
The band spoke about choosing their cover: “Covering a Beach Boys song has always been a scary thing considering the genius arrangements, their playing, their harmonies, everything about it. But it was always something quite intriguing and especially when we thought about it from the point of view of subverting the light-heartedness that they conveyed most of the time.
“So ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ we saw this kind of naive perspective towards love and marriage in the lyrics,” they continued, “and we were quite curious to see what would happen when you contrasted that approach with a darker musical palette. So we kind of slowed down the tempo and created a draggier tune for those lyrics to sit on top of. What came out of it is something that kind of reminds me a bit of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Rowland S. Howard.”
The band’s love affair with the California kings doesn’t end there either. The group also spoke of how The Beach Boys influenced their latest record A Hero’s Death, telling NME: “[The Beach Boys created] a dream-like, lying-back-on-a-lilo daydreaming sort of feeling we wanted to capture.”
“The thing about Brian Wilson and other people like Lee Hazelwood that really appealed to us when we were in the mood for escapist art was that they had a thoroughly built-up fantasy world that they’d quite fully realised in a sonic format. We talked a lot about the fantasy of our world and how we wanted to bring that to life.”
Listen to a clip of Fontaines D.C. cover of The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ below. Otherwise, head over to Deezer to hear the cover in full.