Comprised of Megan Voss on vocals (best known for her stints in NYC-based bands The Poptarts and The Antoinettes), Steve Jordan, Tamio Okuda (a Japanese guitar legend). and Willie Weeks (who’s played in the backing bands of George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Donny Hathaway), The Verbs are arguably one of the more accomplished bands that I’ve stumbled across this year. The quartet’s third effort together, Cover Story is an album that celebrates the music of the 60s and 70s, and was reportedly inspired by Howard Stern’s on-air rave over their version of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” on their sophomore effort, Trip.
All of the songs on Cover Story were hits in their day, and if you were alive at any point when the songs were originally released, they’d likely bring back fond memories of your youth. The album features a loose, garage rock version of the The Kinks “Till The End of the Day” which gives their version a urgent, vibrant sensuality that was interestingly enough almost always there within the song – and they do so without subverting the spirit and feel of the original.