The thing about having one of the year’s biggest smash singles is that EVERYONE wants to pay tribute to it it with their own commemorative versions. In the case of Taylor Swift’s chart-topping “Blank Space,” we’ve seen everyone from pop belter Kelly Clarkson to indie god Stephen Malkmus put their own unique spins on it.
The band played their first-ever U.S. headlining show at the iconic, intimate L.A. concert venue The Troubadour last month, during which they pulled out their trusty “Blank Space” cover. They had perfected it over the months on the ROWYSO tour, but this time, the performance was being filmed for a special video, released Thursday (Sept. 17).
As you might expect, Hey Violet puts a jam-tastic punk rock spin on the slick pop original, complete with frontwoman Rena Lovelis’ howling vocals and her sister Nia’s fierce drumming. It’s rousing, super danceable and frankly more badass than Tay’s version, especially with subtle lyric changes like, “I can make the good guys bad for a weekend!”
Ever the gracious pop peer, Taylor herself surprised the band by tweeting her enthusiastic approval for the cover (flame emojis galore!).
And Hey Violet appropriately freaked out about the shout-out.
Hey Violet are currently working on their sophomore full-length album, expected to be released later this year via 5SOS’ record label, Hi Or Hey Records. Can’t wait to see what other surprises they might have up their sleeves!