They are an American rock band, known for their acoustic, soul-stirring covers of popular and classic songs. Boyce Avenue is named after two streets that the members lived on; the members include brothers Alejandro Luis Manzano, Daniel Enrique Manzano and Fabian Rafael Manzano. Their covers gained huge popularity on YouTube. Here are our 5 favourite Boyce Avenue covers.
Stay: Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
Boyce Avenue has a very personal touch that is unique to them no matter what song they are singing. But the precision and the emotional depth their artistry brings are both subtle and powerful. This particular song is not easy to do in terms of what it tried to convey. Mandy Lee who harmonises with the vocalist Alejandro on this one does a beautiful job of bringing the whole song to life. It’s definitely a great version and etches out the intricacies of the song through their simple instrumentation.
Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
He starts off small and quiet, slowly gliding into the higher register fluidly. His voice like honey stands pronounced over the guitars. With not much change to the original tune, the additional inflections Boyce Avenue adds to the vocals and the instrumentation really works in favour of the song. It’s a perfect rendition and a great one to listen to instead of the original.
Somebody That I Used To Know- Gotye ft. Kimbra
This was one of the songs that got stuck in your head when it came out, even when you wanted to forget it. This acoustic cover by Boyce Avenue does exactly what the song is supposed to do. Alejandro holds some of the notes longer in the acoustic version and it just fills the song out a lot more. It’s less aggressive but equally, maybe more impactful than the original version. The falsettos are another hit with this version.
Payphone- Maroon 5
The lyrics to this song seemed a bit corny when the song came out, even though Maroon 5 is absolutely fabulous and Adam Levine is one of the most talented singers. When Boyce Avenue redid the song, the lyrics just seem exactly what they should be. The vocals have a bit of a growl and grit that juxtaposes very well with the soft lyrics. The guitar interludes are smooth. Overall this is a great version, maybe a tad bit better than the original.
Grenade- Bruno Mars
It’s pretty difficult to do better than Bruno Mars. The man is so full of emotional intensity and talent that there’s no way a cover could bring the same feeling. But Boyce Avenue brings an unexpected flavour to the song. For starters, the use of violin for this version does wonders to the how the song unfolds. From the soft opening to the high rising crescendo and the push and pull between the vocals and the instrumentation makes this version worth listening to over and over again.