Leave it to Jona Bechtolt to turn the
rhapsody of Weezer's Blue Album into a distorted dance number. Bechtolt--also known as the mastermind behind Portland's experimental YACHT--recorded a cover of Weezer's 1994 song "Holiday" for a recent iTunes session EP.
YACHT combines the power of Weezer and Madonna into one song. Photo by Sarah Meadows.
YACHT's version sounds more like Madonna's "Holiday" than Weezer's now 16-year-old song (to think I was in the sixth grade when I first heard the Blue Album and associated it with the wholesomeness of Buddy Holly).
Bechtolt's gender-bending Bandmate Claire L. Evans' voice is partially what draws comparison to Her Madgesty, but she's also added a steady drumbeat to the song, giving it a danceable rhythm. The tempo change is most noticeable in the chorus: where Rivers Cuomo held out the word "holiday" like a battle cry, Bechtolt Evans enunciates each syllable like they're cymbal beats.
Like always, YACHT's music feels a little tongue-in-cheek. There's also a twee moment toward to end of the song, when the lyrics mention Kerouac's "On the Road," and a voice in the background yells, "Oh, I love that book!"