Vance Joy vs The Griswolds By Sam Devotta | April 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM
â€œRiptideâ€ Writer: James Keogh Original Release Date: May 21, 2013
Like Aviciiâ€™s â€œWake Me Upâ€, â€œRiptideâ€ was inescapable for a while. In fact, itâ€™s still played in just about every store in the world and even pops up on the radio now and then.
For all its sunshine-y melody, the song hides a lot of feeling: the lyric â€œYou’re gonna sing the words wrongâ€ doesnâ€™t just refer to mishearing lyrics (although thatâ€™s reason enough for concern), but the idea that someone is going down a bad path and thereâ€™s nothing the narrator can do about it. Vance Joy (born James Gabriel Keogh) has said that the words are somewhat autobiographical, especially the opening lines (â€œI was scared of dentists and the dark, I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversationsâ€), which gives the song a deeper meaning.
The Griswoldsâ€”Australian, like Vance Joy himselfâ€”covered the summer jam a couple of years ago for Like a Version and, having heard it live as well, I can confirm that they did a fantastic job. On the surface, it sounds very similar to the original, but The Griswolds added their personal brand of sunny synthesizers and made the song even more summery than normal. The beat has an almost reggae-ish vibe and if itÂ doesnâ€™t make you want to bop around, nothing will.
P.S. For all you Swifties out there, her Live Lounge cover is worth a listen if youâ€™re in a more mellow mood.