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September 25, 2013 8:53 AM   Subscribe

Highschool kids cover Tool's "Forty Six & 2" (SLYT)

The performers are students of Aaron O'Keefe, a Nashville-area private music instructor. There's more, including this short solo by drummer Curtis Moss.
posted by Kadin2048 (47 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't want to ruin the surprise but the singer was magnificent and not even a tiny bit at all what I expected.

The kids are alright.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 9:01 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


That was excellent. Music by minors has come a long way since the Langley Schools Music Project (previously on the blue, but that was twelve years ago and the link is long dead).
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:10 AM on September 25, 2013


The drummer and the bassist are what did it for me. The singer is great in her own right, but she doesn't have the chest cavity to match Maynard's resonance and roar yet. And that's not her fault. She'll get it as she grows up and her body gets larger.

But still, yeah... nailed it. I love this song, and this album, and this band.
posted by starvingartist at 9:13 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Still waiting for us to evolve the additional two.

Also - shredded it. So cool.

And it shows how good a drummer Danny Carey is that it takes 4 people to play his part (not taking away from the kids at all look at the little guy awwwwww)
posted by GallonOfAlan at 9:14 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Awesome.
posted by Kwine at 9:17 AM on September 25, 2013


Does my fucking heart good to hear this.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 9:20 AM on September 25, 2013


I love the kid with the claves. I'd hang out with him.
posted by neuromodulator at 9:23 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Follow the other videos to find Judas Priest - Painkiller (or, y'know, I guess I linked it too). That is some straight up awesome.
posted by deezil at 9:27 AM on September 25, 2013


That was great!
posted by neushoorn at 9:28 AM on September 25, 2013


This is great. It's good to see some of the kids actually having fun with it. Too often you see videos of "kid bands" playing covers looking like Chuck E Cheese automata.

That mushy-ass guitar tone is killing me, though.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:30 AM on September 25, 2013


Number of the Beast is also excellent, but it's cheating a little by being the greatest metal song of all time.
posted by Kwine at 9:30 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Seconding my appreciation of that drummer. Holy crap! I don't even like Tool.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:32 AM on September 25, 2013


Awesome. The drummer and bassist really hold the whole thing together (pretty much like they do in Tool) but that girl singing, considering the contents of the lyrics, puts a really interesting twist on it. Fantastic.
posted by mrgoat at 9:38 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


holy shit! that 'number of the beast' is great.
posted by sleepy pete at 9:44 AM on September 25, 2013


That video is pretty much the "What I thought I sounded like" version of teenage me as aspiring rock musician. This video is pretty much the "What I actually sounded like" version.
posted by usonian at 9:44 AM on September 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I posted this on my facebook and my friend commented, "You can tell these guys are real Tool fans because the girls are all in a totally different room"
posted by Kwine at 9:50 AM on September 25, 2013 [14 favorites]


Arya Stark doing vocals was my favorite part.
posted by anti social order at 9:54 AM on September 25, 2013 [8 favorites]


Saw this earlier. It's great and made me want to listen to the original again. The drummer was goofy to me at first, but he just got so into it I was forced to like him.
posted by cashman at 9:57 AM on September 25, 2013


I'm sure that singer is already getting calls from agents as we speak.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:14 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


And yes, the youth of America need MORE TOOL.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:14 AM on September 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I thought the singer sounded a lot like Gwen Stefani (except that it seemed like her natural singing voice instead of some weird, forced affectation). I loved this!
posted by peep at 10:17 AM on September 25, 2013


There's a point right around the 2'05" mark where the vocalist really gets into it's like whoa.
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:24 AM on September 25, 2013


really great.
especially the percussion, hell.
nitpick: the piano chords during the vs are killing me tho.
posted by es_de_bah at 10:35 AM on September 25, 2013


that kid has some sweet-ass bass swagger.
posted by echocollate at 10:37 AM on September 25, 2013


Love the little kid with the bangy sticks!
posted by fraxil at 10:48 AM on September 25, 2013


Magic Dance has me dead. DEAD. Aaron O'Keefe, I salute you.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:00 AM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


So great. I was already in and then the kid singing on Painkiller mimes the drum hit and does a Halford power metal fist and I jumped up and kicked over a lamp.
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:06 AM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


Given the time it takes to get Tool back in the studio, it's a good thing we've got these kids to step up to the plate.
posted by Ber at 11:17 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


fraxil: "Love the little kid with the bangy sticks!"

They have a name, you know! I don't know what that name is.
posted by Mister_A at 11:19 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't even like Tool and this was great. Love the drummer and bassist.
posted by swift at 11:22 AM on September 25, 2013


Kids playing Buckethead and Malmsteen. Day = made.
posted by vverse23 at 11:25 AM on September 25, 2013


I've always had a soft, warm spot in my heart for Doot Doot by Freur (the band that was to evolve into Underworld). The kids nail this one too. God bless Aaron O'Keefe.
posted by vverse23 at 11:28 AM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


They have a name, you know! I don't know what that name is.

Claves, as mentioned above.
posted by davey_darling at 11:29 AM on September 25, 2013


The drummer did a LOT better on the solo than I would ever have expected.
posted by hootenatty at 11:42 AM on September 25, 2013


I have fucking wasted my life.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:59 AM on September 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


I like how, in certain drawly parts (e.g., 3:26), there seemed to be a bleeding-over between stylized pop R&B melisma and grunge/hard rock vocal affectation, but where the curlicues of additive syllables can't quite be made to obviously signify one way or the other.
posted by zbsachs at 12:00 PM on September 25, 2013


Highschool kids cover Tool's "Forty Six & 2"

Doubtful. A number of those kids don't look old enough to be in high school. The singer certainly doesn't.
posted by dgaicun at 12:09 PM on September 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


OMG at the end of this solid cover of late-era prog Maiden, they play themselves out with Fear of the Dark. Little girl from the Tool cover is singing!
posted by ignignokt at 2:00 PM on September 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was the best thing I could see this morning. So happy right now because kids like that exist and are rocking out.

I too loved the drummer. Go son!
posted by geek anachronism at 3:37 PM on September 25, 2013


Holy hell that was stunning!
posted by grimcity at 5:04 PM on September 25, 2013


yeah!
posted by spbmp at 6:19 PM on September 25, 2013


Here is an acceptable cover of Tangerine.

I have my critiques, but it is solid and well done.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:38 PM on September 25, 2013


Rock on you crazy kids! \m/
posted by Mojojojo at 8:43 PM on September 25, 2013


These are awesome.
posted by snwod at 3:08 AM on September 26, 2013


We'll all be dead in 16 months from radiation poisoning (thanks Fukushima!), but this gives me a fleeting and false sense of hope for humanity.
posted by signal at 6:13 AM on September 26, 2013


That was awesome.

No way they're in high school, but everyone under twenty looks like a baby to me...
posted by RainyJay at 11:51 AM on September 27, 2013


Wow... I'm not musically inclined but I think Tool would be a pretty hard band to cover. Their music and vocals seem pretty complex and my hunch is that doing it a little bit wrong could sound very bad. Quite impressive.
posted by dgran at 2:17 PM on September 27, 2013


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