Cali-Brooklyn dream poppers BETS are really Betsey Hershey with an all female support cast. Her/their inaugural LP stirred up quite a lot of buzz last year, Nylon calling it, “the kind of music we want to spend an afternoon daydreaming to.”
Happy accidents will happen. And whilst in the studio working on a follow up album, a “side project” saw her covering the Violet Femmes’ self-titled 1983 debut in…its…entirety.
She enlightens, “Aside from the fact that I love the Violent Femmes so much, one of the main reasons I chose to do this album was because my voice is so different from the content of the lyrics. I also relate so much to the words and feelings; singing ‘Blister in the Sun’ was an instant high. But there isn’t a bad song on the album.”
Here BlackBook exclusively premieres BETS’ haunting but utterly absorbing cover of the Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun,” with Hershey’s ethereal vocal delivery (think: Hope Sandoval, singing with The Jesus & Mary Chain) stunningly reinventing the jittery classic. The full album will be out January 27.