Song of the Day: Peel – Moxy Blues

Peel at Mohawk, May 1
Peel will play tonight at Mohawk, Austin
photo by Ashley Garmon

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is by Peel and is found on their 2007 self-titled album, released on Peek-A-Boo Records:

Peel – Moxy Blues (MP3)

Austin band Peel create gloriously energetic yet shambolic music that is compared as often to the slacker aesthetics of hometown director Richard Linklater as to the more industrious DIY darlings like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Certainly, both tendencies abound on Peel’s self-titled debut, which is at various times rowdy and restrained. Throughout the album, sonic squawks, buzzing feedback, and ringing cymbals create a dense layer that continually threatens to obscure the songs, but the tighter melodies at their core always win out. But if it ever feels otherwise, that’s because Peel wants to throw it all out the window and have a rocking good time.

Hot Freaks! + Gorilla Vs. Bear Mohawk residencyPeel are performing as part of the Hot Freaks! + Gorilla Vs. Bear residency at Mohawk in Austin. This 18 and over event is today, May 15, starting at 8 pm for a mere $2 ($4 if you’re between 18-21).

You can view more photos by Ashley Garmon of Peel’s first night at Mohawk on May 1 at our Fickr page.

Here’s another song from Peel’s debut:

Peel – In the City (MP3)

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