Chosen by Monk

The Uber Rock Approved stampWe continue to receive a veritable tsunami of video clips – another 100 of them in the past week alone – being sent our way in a bid to be the latest recipient of the coveted title and virtual gong of being named our favourite…

Believe me, we do watch all of the submissions (well, I have to keep myself entertained on night shifts), and, apart from those which don’t meet our criteria – i.e., no lyric videos, no straight performance clips and no “playthroughs” – most of them are of an extremely high quality, but there can only ever be one winner… And, to that end, this week’s selection comes from London-based Swiss émigré hard rockers Daxx & Roxane, who are taking us into the mysterious world of ‘Delilah’ with their latest cover version, which this time is of Florence & the Machine’s 2015 hit.

The band told us a bit more about their choice of the song:

“The dreamlike and powerful vibe of this track is what you get when you mix the charm and delicateness of Florence & The Machine with the raw energy of more vintage acts such as Billy Idol or The Stooges. With this unpredictable mix of influences, we tried to come up with the recipe for a blistering foot-stomping cover.”

The video itself tells the story of a couple who discover a relic hidden in the sand along the banks of the Thames, by which point a magic door transports them to another time and location. A group of menacing entities interrogate the couple over the relic, the key they found on the beach being the only thing the evil entities care about:

‘Delilah’ is taken from Daxx & Roxane’s latest EP, ‘Drop‘, which also features the band’s takes on Sammy Hagar’s ‘Heavy Metal‘, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition‘ and Téléphone’s ‘Argent Trop Cher‘, the first ever to be translated into English.

Drummer Luca Senaldi told us:

“This EP is our creative release in between albums. It’s a way for us to exercise the music that inspired us and also to experiment with new recording techniques at our home studio. We didn’t want to go for any obvious covers so we learned more than 100 songs and ended with these four tracks that really stood out in our style.”

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