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Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” has been infinitely covered, but one band just put out the only revision that matters right now.
New Jersey’s Screaming Females recently covered the song for the A.V. Club’s Undercover series, and they managed to elevate and not just ape. The band’s centrifugal force is guitarist Marissa Paternoster, and she twists Swift’s pop-hiccup lyrics into deep-heaved missives. The mid-song breakdown lets Paternoster loose on a solo that was desperately missing from the original.
If there’s not a montage on YouTube of all her live solos yet, there should be. Here’s a couple for you to swim in.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.