Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough of Dance Gavin Dance’s eccentric cover of Third Eye Blind’s smash hit “Semi-Charmed Life,” it’s time to turn your attention to the latest Songs The Saved My Life cover: As It Is’ emotional rendition of “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service.
Speaking about the track and why they chose to cover it, vocalist Patty Walters says: “I heard the song for the first time on MySpace – I went on a friend’s profile and it was sitting there. Knowing nothing about The Postal Service or even Death Cab For Cutie at the time, I just fell in love with this song. Just everything about it. The lyricism, and the overall soundscape of the song – it’s just beautiful. It’s a really, really cool song. And I think with a lot of electronic music, it can sound very dated, but this song just sounds so timeless. It sounds like it was made yesterday. It’s an incredible song."
As for releasing the track as a part of Songs That Saved My Life – which benefits various charities like Crisis Text Line, Hope For The Day, The Trevor Project, and To Write Love On Her Arms – Walters said: "I think we as a scene can understand and appreciate that there’s still a very unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health, and that before we as a society grasp the magnitude of mental health, we as a scene have to do that. If we want to change the world we have to start with our scene and our immediate community.”
"I think that’s why this compilation is so amazing,” Walters added, “it’s because it shines a light on an issue that we as [a] society might not be talking about, but we as a scene definitely are. And we are starting to make some important fucking progress. Because really it is just the surface, and we’re gonna get there, but we all need to get there together – we all feel so alone if we don’t speak out about our struggles.”
To check out the band’s moving new cover, be sure to look below. Afterward, make sure to pre-order the 12-track compilation before it hits stores November 9th.
[via Rock Sound]