Covering a song isn’t always a difficult endeavor, depending on who’s music you’re covering. Covering the music of one of The Beatles however, well that’s an intriguing path. Toronto’s Selfish Things aren’t the band you’d think of when covering a John Lennon song, though the holiday classic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” feels just about right this time of year. The cover is not only beautifully done, but the video sends a powerful message about the homeless population in Vancouver.
With the facts of the indigenous people’s homeless rates flashing between imagery of homeless people, the song plays out. With just piano and vocals both singular and choral, the song and the imagery pulls at your heart. The backing children’s choir pairs perfectly with how the song plays out. The reality of the homeless problems in Canada and throughout the globe hit close to home with anyone who hears the track or who sees the video.
The video is available to watch above or on YouTube, and the song can be streamed on all platforms. The band asks that if you can, please donate to the Native Urban Youth Association. Selfish Things is on tour beginning November 20 in Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair until December 20 in Hartford, CT at Webster Underground. Their entire tour schedule can be accessed here. Their new album Logos can be purchased directly from Pure Noise Records.
Image Credits: Photo by Michelle Baumval.