Hiatus Kaiyote Cover Gorillaz' "Dare" Live On Triple J's Like A Version
Melbourne neo-R&B quartet Hiatus Kaiyote rolled through Triple J‘s studios yesterday to perform an uptempo cover of the Gorrilaz‘ 2005 hit “Dare.” Led by untamed vocals of frontwoman Nai Palm and the roving basswork of Paul Bender, the group’s new take on the song is a little leaner and meaner than the original. Their lush new polyrhythmic take on the song’s chorus–that “never did no harm” bit that never leaves your head once you’ve heard it–is proof of how open-minded and skilled a band Hiatus has become. By the end of the cover performance it becomes obvious just how perfect a match the Australian act is for a Gorillaz tune. Both bands thrive on a singular approach to R&B and are often running off into sounds that are ahead of their time, confident in we listeners’ ability to eventually catch up.
But it’d be a mistake not to point out just how many animals are involved in this live performance. Here we have a band called Hiatus Kaiyote covering Gorillaz wearing clothing that reads “WOLF” after discussing the amount of owl, parrot and cat sounds that are due to appear on their upcoming album. Perhaps it’s this sort of inter-species synergy that gives the group their funky superpowers, but whatever it is it’s working and we can’t wait for Choose Your Weapon to drop on May 5th. Watch HK’s rendition of “Dare” below.