Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I think we just fell in love with Bradley Walden from Squid the Whale

The holidays are right around the corner and the radio has been blasting Christmas music for over a month now. Sometimes I get sick of hearing the same songs done the same way over and over again. On the other hand, I really enjoy when a band or vocalist I like puts out a version of a song with their own twist on it. 

This year Bradley Walden of Squid the Whale teamed up with Lisa Vitale to cover my all-time favorite Christmas song, Happy X-mas (war is over) by John Lennon. This song makes me tear up when sung by John Lennon, but when redone by Bradley Walden and Lisa Vitale I was ready to sob. I cannot believe that we have people with this level of talent in the city of Detroit. 

Brad is the singer for Squid the Whale, a Michigan based band that simply does not get enough attention for being as good as they are. Brad sings better than 90% of the people I have ever heard in my lifetime. I would compare his voice to being as good and as original as some of my favorites including the late great Freddie Mercury and powerful as Janis Joplin. Not that he sounds like these singers, but instead he is as memorable and original as they were. 

Squid the Whale has some upcoming shows including at The Crimson in Riverview, Michigan on December 21st, Beard Fest in Grand Rapids at The DAAC on December 29th and Kobo Live in Columbus Ohio on January 11th. 

This X-mas video and song cover were made for one of my favorite local clothing companies Stheart. This company sponsors many of the bands that we talk about on the site and makes some of the coolest shirts, hats and hoodies around; I have to admit that I ordered quite a few things from the website during their cyber Monday sale. After you have listened to Bradley Walden do one of the best covers I have ever heard, head over to squidthewhale.com to pick up some of his original music and head over to Stheart.com for last minute shopping including the full winter 1 and 2 line that they recently rolled out. We have to admit Mr. Walden, you are as talented as they come, thank you for sharing this cover and your voice with the world. Hope to see you all at the next Squid the Whale show. 


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