L.A.’s synth-inclined rockers Smallpools released their debut album less than two months ago, but they’re back to the grind with another new song. This time it’s a cover — a reworking of College & Electric Youth’s “A Real Hero,” which you definitely know if the Ryan Gosling-Carey Mulligan flick Drive (or its soundtrack) meant anything to you. They recorded it at the Red Bull Studios in L.A. and are premiering it exclusively via Billboard; check it out below:
“We couldn’t not pay attention to this hauntingly awesome tune while watching Drive,” Smallpools vocalist Sean Scanlon tells Billboard. “The song is a gem and we wanted to do a cover that was a bit under the radar, and by putting our own ambient twist to it, it could provide a nice down tempo moment in our set.”
Check out College & Electric Youth’s original below. How do you think they compare?
Smallpools are currently on tour promoting their debut album Lovetap!, which dropped March 23 via RCA. Tomorrow (May 13) they’ll hit The Deluxe at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. Their U.S. tour runs through May 29 in Los Angeles.