Video: Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Boulder Acoustic Society cover ... Miley Cyrus? - Reverb

Video: Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Boulder Acoustic Society cover… Miley Cyrus?

Danielle At the Sandwich: She wasn't born on YouTube, but she certainly lives there.

Danielle At the Sandwich: She wasn't born on YouTube, but she certainly lives there.

We’re not gonna lie. We prefer the above cover of “Party in the U.S.A.” by Colorado groups Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Boulder Acoustic Society to the original pop track by Miley Cyrus.

Built on a base of banjo and stand-up bass, the cover plays with the original’s infrastructure while still paying homage to its catchy pop melody. The original is a hit for a reason, and this video — and its performance at Swallow Hill’s Uke Festival on Feb. 6 — could easily become an underground sensation.

Like many of Danielle’s YouTube videos, this clip isn’t without its snarky sense of humor. It starts with the text: “Every time an acoustic musician covers a pop song … an angel gets her wings,” so they start out with tongue placed firmly in cheek.

But rather than skewering Cyrus’ ridiculous lyrics, the make-shift group has a unique creation on its hands. No, it’s nothing new, an acoustic roots group earnestly covering a saccharine pop song. But they do it well nevertheless, and that’s worth a mention here.

If you haven’t seen Cyrus’ original video, check it out here.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier indie music festival. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.

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  • The Jonas Brothers

    How ironic….

  • bloginsong

    This is a SUPER SUPER GROUP! Brilliant. Maybe even better than Richard Thompson doing “Oops I did it Again!”

  • bloginsong

    This is a SUPER SUPER GROUP! Brilliant. Maybe even better than Richard Thompson doing “Oops I did it Again!”