The two Brisbane acts each released their versions earlier today, with each lending their signature stylings to the originals. DZ’s version of ‘F U’ is a characteristically fuzzed-out rocker, while WAAX add a raucous punk energy to ‘Fired Up’.
“One thing that is so rewarding about doing cover versions is learning how other song writers craft their music,” commented DZ Deathrays in a statement.
“WAAX are one of our favourite bands so it’s been an honour to discover how FU was put together all while giving it our own little spin! To me this song is pure passion and angst and it was an absolute dream to work on.”
Watch DZ perform ‘F U’ below:
WAAX shared similar sentiments, saying: “To any guitar band in Australia, working with DZ is not something to be taken lightly. They’re truly iconic Brissie legends and we’ve grown up with and admire their forthright guitar riffs and chaotic drums.
“We kept on asking ourselves, “how would we have written Fired Up?” We tried to keep those iconic DZ moments – huge guitar solo, driving drums, octave guitars FX – but make them ours.”
Watch WAAX in the studio below:
‘F U’ comes from WAAX’s debut studio album ‘Big Grief’, which arrived last year.
Funnily enough, it’s not the first time this year the band have covered another Australian artist. Back in April, they shared their rendition of ‘Pool Party’ by Julia Jacklin alongside a live version of ‘F U’.
DZ Deathrays, meanwhile, released ‘Fired Up’ back in October as the lead single to their forthcoming record ‘Positive Rising: Part 2’. The follow-up to last year’s ‘Positive Rising: Part 1’ is set to drop in July next year.