Chelsea Lankes was born in Texas, but her sound is full-bodied Swedish synth-pop, by way of Los Angeles back alleys. On her new cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Too Young to Fall in Love,” the singer reinterprets the hair metal classic with electropop guitars, digitally altered background vocals, and a rebellious drumbeat snatched from the Knife’s back pocket. The track follows “Down For Whatever,” released earlier this year.
“I’ve always been a fan of the ’80s and particularly hair metal,” Lankes told SPIN. “There are so many great lyrics and melodies from that era and dressed up a little differently, they can still be a really great pop song. ‘Too Young to Fall in Love’ is an earlier cut from Mötley Crüe, but it’s one of their best. I’m so drastically different as an artist from their sound but the challenge of making it my own is what makes doing a cover song fun.”
Stream the gorgeous cover below and buy Lankes’ new EP now on B3SCI Records.