Mitski transforms One Direction’s song, “Fireproof,” into a fuzz rock jam

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Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Mitski | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

One Direction was never really my cup o’ tea. My boy band quota was already filled to max capacity with ‘N SYNC and some select Backstreet Boys ballads. So when I heard Mitski recorded a cover of 1D’s song, “Fireproof,” I was totally intrigued to hear how she would spin the bubble-gum pop track. And, of course, being the badass indie queen that she is, Mitski’s cover grabs the song by the throat and commands it to be her own.

Though she inconspicuously dropped this cover a few years back, the minute and forty-nine second, fuzzed-out song is now being included in Our First 100 Days — a project by Secretly Group (also behind 30 Songs, 30 Days) which releases a song a day for the first one hundred days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Also featuring Angel Olsen, PWR BTTM, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Speedy Ortiz, and many more, all proceeds from the project fund organizations dedicated to combatting climate change, organizations fighting for reproductive, immigration, and LGBTQIA rights, and more.

Catch Mitski when she performs at Union Transfer on July 7th with support from Half Waif; more info is available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to Mitski’s rendition of “Fireproof” below and grab a download of Our First 100 Days to help out some worthy organizations.

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