Disq covers Jeff Tweedy’s “I Know What It’s Like”

Disq covers Jeff Tweedy’s “I Know What It’s Like”
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The cover of the Wilco frontman’s song comes on the heels of their acclaimed debut album, Collector, which is out now.
Today, Disq shares their rendition of the 2018 Jeff Tweedy track “I Know What It’s Like.” The original appears on the WIlco frontman’s 2018 album WARM.

Disq’s Isaac deBroux-Slone shared the motivation behind the cover: “I’ve been a big Wilco fan for the past few years and picked up Jeff Tweedy’s album WARM after Brendan had played it in the car a few times- ‘I Know What It’s Like’ really stood out to me as a great pop/rock song that I could put my own spin on- the minimal structure of the original gave room for creative license. I sped up the original recording a decent amount so I’d have something to play along to and off I went. We decided it’d be fun to present the finished product as an interim release; post-Collector and pre-whatever’s next.”

“We always love throwing a fun cover or two in the set, and were gearing up to learn this one as a band so we could play it on our Collector release tour, but we all know what happened to that. My hope is that somebody who is a fan of Disq or Wilco (or both, or neither) could find some comfort in our version of this song (I know I’ve found comfort in Mister Tweedy’s original).”

Disq’s debut album, Collector, was released in March of this year and caught the attention of the likes of NPR, FADER, Stereogum, and was just named one of Paste’s Best Indie Rock Albums of 2020 (So Far)Collector is available at the Saddle Creek Store on CD, LP, Cassette, and Digital formats, or anywhere you buy or stream music.

“Hard-charging power-pop with lyrics about disaffection [and] loneliness.” – NPR

“Midwesterners making crunchy power-pop filled with longing and heart.” – The FADER

“One of the most promising acts operating in the indie-rock sphere, purveyors of guitar songs punchy, catchy, and smart enough to transcend trends.” – Stereogum

 “Taps into the raw, dark moments of young adulthood, particularly the ugly ones spent in isolation. Collector sticks up for those who are down in the dumps and hands them fun-as-hell rock songs to make them feel cooler and understood.” – Paste

“Genuine classics of new-school indie rock…startling accomplished songs.” – The Guardian

“A chronicle of teenage life in middle Ameirca so sharply observed that you could cut yourself on it.” -DAZED

“Amps up the pop-rock hooks and their guitars’ volume while allowing their apathetic millennial attitudes to shine through.” -FLOOD

Collector, like the band itself, is defined and tightly-contoured by the ties between its members. Raina Bock (bass/vocals) and Isaac deBroux-Slone (guitar/vocals) have known each other from infancy, growing up and into music together. Now in their early 20s and a five-piece, rounded out by (guitar/keys/vocals), Logan Severson (guitar/vocals), and Brendan Manley (drums), Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences on their debut LP. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, Kurt Vile), Collector is a set of songs largely pulled from each of the five members’ demo piles over the years. They’re organic representations of each moment in time, gathered together to tell a mixtape-story of growing up in 21st century America with your best friends.
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