[listen] Weekend – “Paradise” (Half Church cover)

A post-punk track crosses two generations.

- Nov 15, 2012

Not only is Shaun Durkin the lead singer of the raging post-punk whirlwind Weekend, he's also proof that the genre is hereditary. “Paradise” was originally written by Half Church, who were fronted by Tom Durkin, Shaun's late father. The band only put out an EP and a handful of other songs in the six years they were together, which will be compiled and released digitally December 4th via Captured Tracks. In case you think that might represent a self-indulgent perfectionism, listen to the original here, and enjoy eating that crow. So how does Weekend's rendition fare in comparison to the jaw-dropping original? Thanks to Tom's connection with the band that created it, it isn't just a simple cover. It's a roaring eulogy, a borderline intrusive peek into the private lives of barely-public figures, and a thread that connects the Durkin's through time. You won't hear a more emotionally loaded post-punk track this year.

Weekend - "Paradise"

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