If it’s true that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” then Justin Bieber must be the most gratified artist in the biz. Along with breaking historic records and marking a resurgence in JB’s career, his latest album, Purpose, has inspired a ton of inventive, often genre-bending covers.
The Brit band visited BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge (a.k.a. the birthplace of dreamy cover songs) on Monday (Nov. 30), and put their own spin on Bieber’s vibrant dance jam. Frontman Brad Simpson expertly handles lead vocals, nailing the high notes that even Bieber sometimes avoids when singing the tune live. Meanwhile, Tristan Evans shines with his impressive drum fills, and James McVey and Connor Ball pack a punch with some delicious guitar riffs. Their secret weapon, though, is a pair of female background vocalists, who keep the original song’s irresistible breeziness in tact.
Watch the cover come to life below!
When asked what the band thinks of “Bieber 2.0,” Simpson said, “I think he’s great. I think his tunes are wicked. I think his dancing’s great. He’s wicked. I’m into it, we’re all into it.”
The Vamps recently released their sophomore album, featuring the titular lead single “Wake Up.”