More than a cover girl

Clare Fol­lett posted 52 Mar­i­anas Trench songs in 2016; plans own EP

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The mem­bers of Mar­i­anas Trench are among the many who have taken no­tice of one of the band’s big­gest fans, 15-yearold Clare Fol­lett of Mount Pearl.

Clare spent much of 2016 cov­er­ing the band’s en­tire discog­ra­phy of 52 songs. Start­ing with “Prime­time” on Jan. 8, each week she posted a video of a new cover to her YouTube ac­count.

She said the project started after she fell for the band’s lat­est al­bum, “As­to­ria.”

“One of my friends said, ‘you should cover this whole al­bum.’ It was a joke, and we were all laugh­ing. And then it wasn’t any­more, all of a sud­den. I ac­tu­ally con­sid­ered it, and I took on the chal­lenge.”

Us­ing a gui­tar, a bass, a mi­cro­phone and a Mac­Book, Clare took the chal­lenge a few dozen steps fur­ther and cov­ered ev­ery song the band has recorded. All but the fi­nal video, “End of an Era,” were done solo; she in­vited her fam­ily and some friends to join her for the fi­nale.

Sun­day, the band shared her work on so­cial me­dia with high praise.

“So there’s this girl named Clare Fol­lett who ba­si­cally kicks ass,” the band wrote, with a link to her YouTube chan­nel, on the Mar­i­anas Trench Face­book page. “Nicely done. Please share!”

Clare said she wasn’t re­ally ex­pect­ing that.

“That was very cool. I ac­tu­ally left my phone for like 15 min­utes, and I came back to my phone with 20 new fol­low­ers,” she said. “I checked it out on Twit­ter and they had tweeted me. That was pretty crazy.”

Fans of Mar­i­anas Trench had a lot of en­cour­ag­ing words for Clare.

“Wow some­body sign this girl. I like a cou­ple of her ver­sions bet­ter than the orig­i­nal. Sorry guys,” one com­menter wrote.

The chal­lenge is over, but the multi-tal­ented mu­si­cian — who also plays trom­bone and pi­ano — has plans for 2017, too. With about 140 orig­i­nal songs to work with, she’s hop­ing to record an EP this year.

Visit Clare’s Trench Chal­lenge at https://www.youtube.com/ chan­nel/UClBLPflD6Mv7N2Bb9p8APuQ.

One of my friends said, ‘you should cover this whole al­bum.’ It was a joke, and we were all laugh­ing. And then it wasn’t any­more, all of a sud­den. Clare Fol­lett

SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE

Clare Fol­lett of Mount Pearl cov­ered recorded 52 Mar­i­anas Trench songs dur­ing 2016. This im­age is taken from her video for the song “Truth or Dare.”

SCREENSHOT FROM YOUTUBE

Clare Fol­lett, 15, sings and plays gui­tar, bass, trom­bone and pi­ano. She says she has 140 orig­i­nal songs, and plans to record an EP this year.

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