There is undeniable power in a cover that doesn’t stray too far from the original, which is exactly what four-piece indie group Mainland has done on their cover of “West Coast” by Coconut Records.
Released in 2007, the modern classic made an impact with its almost Beatles-esque and old school acoustic stylings. On their cover, Mainland said, “I recorded this song in my bedroom with our guitarist Corey Mullee, using cheap microphones and a candy apple red fender Stratocaster. The song has always appealed to us as New York transplants from California, in a way the original about coming home and missing a person that’s synonymous with a place.” But the subtle addition of an electric guitar rounded out the cover into a true original portrait of loss and nostalgia.
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