Punk rock has come a long way in the 40-odd years since its inception. In the '70s, a band like Fleetwood Mac would likely have been sneered at by punks from New York to London. Whether fair or not, to punks at the time they represented the ills of the music industry with their highly polished sound and massive arena concerts. But here we sit in 2016, and Brooklyn punk rockers Freya Wilcox & The Howl have just released a cover of "Rhiannon", a Fleetwood Mac song released on their self-titled album in 1975, around the same time that punk was finding its footing in New York City.
Wilcox and co. take the soaring harmonies and undeniably catchy riff of the original and turn it into something that's utterly raw and hauntingly beautiful. There's no question that Wilcox's vocals are the star of the show here, with her trademark growl bringing the emotion of the song right to the forefront. While "Rhiannon" may not have been the track you would expect a punk group to cover, Freya Wilcox & The Howl take the original and put their own unique and decidedly punk rock stamp on it by simplifying the arrangement and letting the raw feeling of the song shine through.
Freya Wilcox & The Howl's rendition of "Rhiannon" will be released on a split 7" with Montreal punks Oh My Snare! through the fledgling FtLP Records. To pre-order your copy, head over here.
Above, check out Fleetwood Mac's original version of "Rhiannon" and then head over here to hear Freya Wilcox & the Howl's version.