Nite Life Midnight Album Feature: The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control

The Gossip
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The show is Nite Life. I’m Michele Myers, here with you every Friday night, and this show has a feature which happens every Friday at 12:00, it’s called the Midnight Album Feature and tonight as the album that has changed my life that I’d like to tell you about I’m gonna tell you about The Gossip.

The Gossip is a Portland based band, and Standing is the Way of Control is their fourth album, released just last year. It mixes punk and soul and disco and blues; and lead singer Beth Ditto has the most soulful, explosive vocals and the lyrics are so smart and passionate and good. Beth Ditto met her guitarist Brace Paine in a small town in Arkansas where they’re both from. They were friends in high school and they formed the band and they moved to Olympia in 1999 and then found drummer Hannah Billie who joined the band for this album and she replaced the original drummer Kathy Mendonca and the band is now based in Portland, Oregon. I love trios. I think they tend to be a bit more brave and they have to be really good because there isn’t someone else to cover up any mistakes or anything. This band is great live, they are really really impressive and Beth Ditto just talks straight to the audience, she’s a true performer and very sincere, very real. Check it out. This is the first song I fell in love with on this album, this one’s called “Listen Up.”

The Gossip – Listen Up! (MP3)

Beth Ditto, lead singer of The Gossip is very outspoken about being gay and the song “Standing in the Way of Control,” also the name of the album, was written in response to the government’s ban on gay marriage. Beth has said about the song: “I wrote the chorus to try and encourage people not to give up. It’s a scary time for civil rights, but I really believe the only way to survive is to stick together and keep fighting.” The song is also a dance floor smash hit that has dance beats, raw energy and fury of a punk anthem. Check it out – here is “Standing in the Way of Control,” the Gossip, the album and the song:

The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control (MP3)

Yeah, Beth Ditto the lead singer and her band The Gossip. Excellent live band, definitely, if you get a chance to check them out. They’re from Portland but they come around Seattle quite a bit, and I have to say that this is one of the hottest albums in Europe. It has been since its release and all last year and we definitely love it here at KEXP. It’s hard to decide what the third track to pick off this album because I love every song on this record but I think I’m gonna have to go with “Your Mangled Heart” which is another punky type anthem with lots of emotion and style and she’s got such an amazing energy and the band is just so tight, it’s so good.

Catch Nite Life with DJ Michele Myers every Friday night from 9 pm to 1 am. Michele features a different Midnight Album feature every week, so tune in.

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