Our music-video series in which 25 bands cover 25 songs in one small, round room in The A.V. Club office.

"The Promise Ring covers Adele"

September 18, 2012
The Promise Ring formed in Milwaukee in the mid-'90s and quickly found itself at the center of a scene—emo—that it didn't really belong in. For a hot minute, the band was on fire, and 1997's Nothing Feels Good is widely (and rightfully) considered a classic. But as the genre moved toward teenage screamers, The Promise Ring leaned toward more contemplative pop, culminating with 2002's Wood/Water, a pretty and quiet record that didn't quite fit the fashion. After the band split in 2002, drummer Dan Didier and singer Davey von Bohlen went on to form Maritime, whose songs you've heard time and again as the intro/outro music for A.V. Undercover and Pop Pilgrims. (You've also seen Maritime on A.V. Undercover, performing Depeche Mode's "Enjoy The Silence.") The Promise Ring reunited earlier this year and played some fiery festival and club shows, with performances at Bamboozle and Riot Fest, among others. Their final show of 2012 will be at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November. For Undercover, the band chose a song with a pretty high degree of difficulty—Adele's smash hit "Rumour Has It." They gathered a coterie of helpers to pack the round room and bring the song to life with spunky, punky energy. Enjoy.