Happy Holidays to you and me! So Much To Answer For, the 3 song EP by Two Harbors on the Minneapolis based Susstones label comes out today, and it is the perfect gift to give. The EP is available until 12/29, and is a trio of covers that Two Harbors lovingly recorded at their new practice space in St. Paul with Kris Johnson.
The original songs by The Stone Roses, The Verve, and The Replacements are of course universally beloved, but Two Harbors put their own Minnesota meets Manchester stamp on each one with the help of Ed Ackerson who mixed and mastered the EP at Flowers Studios. In particular, their cover of The Replacements “Here Comes a Regular” made this diehard fan swoon with its grungy guitars, jangly percussion and the gritty vocals of Chris Pavlich. Two Harbors succeeded in making it their own, not an easy feat with such an infamous song.
I chatted with Chris Pavlich who is the lead singer of Two Harbors about the daring choice to cover such iconic songs:
“When we moved into our new studio, we wanted to hear what the room sounded like so we decided to track 3 of the songs we’ve been covering live at shows (like Jake Rudh’s Live Transmission and The Replacements Tribute at First Ave). We chose those particular songs because we’re big fans of those groups, and because we can perform them like they’re our songs.
The first two sound like faithful recreations of the original versions, but all three are similar to our sound so I think they were a good fit. The Replacements tune was interesting because we wanted to reimagine it as a full band and big electric guitars. It’s a different vibe than the original version, but somehow it works.
We’re really psyched with how they turned out, and that the sounds we got were exactly what we hoped they’d be. Good enough to get a release! Also… the boy on the sleeve is my youngest son Heath. The title fits his personality!”
Two Harbors is leaving 2016 with a bang, as Chris Pavlich is right now at the Abbey Road Studios, mastering a live record that was recorded at First Avenue! 2017 looks rosy as well, with the band in the midst of writing a new studio album.
See Two Harbors for the release of So Much To Answer For at First Avenue on 12/29: