By John Curley
As a follow-up to their excellent 2011 album Modena, the Glasgow-based Mod revivalist band Button Up decided to release an EP of covers. Titled Covered, the EP is a collection of four Mod classics that the band also includes in their live set. The songs that Button Up cover on the album are Spirit’s “I Got A Line On You,” “If I Could Only Be Sure” by Nolan Porter, the instrumental “Bert’s Apple Crumble” by The Quik, and Jamo Thomas’ “I Spy For The FBI.” While the four tracks are covers, Button Up put a spirited stamp of their own on them. It’s a terrific EP, well worth a listen. The standout track, “If I Could Only Be Sure,” is really fantastic and gives the cover that Paul Weller did of the song on his Studio 150 album a run for its money.
Button Up are comprised of Sara Kerr (lead vocals and backing vocals), Garry John Kane (bass), Lesley McLaren (drums), Greg Barnes (keyboards, percussion, and backing vocals), Andy Gardner (guitars), Tom MacNiven (trumpets, arrangements), Michael Owers (trombone), and Fiona Garvie (saxophone). (Kane, who also serves as the bassist for The Proclaimers, arranged the horns for “I Got A Line On You” on the EP.)
Button Up’s Covered EP can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon.com in the United States.
To watch Button Up’s video for their cover of Nolan Porter’s “If I Could Only Be Sure,” go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcInwmTLIZc.