Song of the Day: Pela – Lost to the Lonesome

Pela will perform live on KEXP at 9:30 am, Monday 6/11
photo by Bob Sanderson

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This 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 “Lost to the Lonesome” by Pela from the 2007 release Anytown Graffiti, available on Great Society Records.

Pela – Lost to the Lonesome (MP3)

Anytown Graffiti, the Brooklyn quartet’s debut LP, finds them taking a stand for small-town America. With influences like the Boss, the Pixies, Wilco, and their own lives, a hankering for the nation’s backwaters seems fitting, yet the passion the band exudes led John Richards to draw comparisons even to U2 and The National. In fact, Pela’s first EP “All In Time” was released by Brassland, co-owned by The National’s Aaron Dressner, and Pela guitarist Nate Martinez sometimes tours with the Brooklyn compatriots. The very intensity of the songs has led Pela’s music to be featured on television shows such as Scrubs and Veronica Mars, and even a episode of Dinner with the Band, in which Pela makes paella.

Pela, now regulars on KEXP airwaves, have recently recorded an in-studio performance on John Richards’ Morning Show, to be aired Monday 6/11 at 9:30 am. If you missed the Chop Suey set the other night, they’ll return to Seattle in August as a recent addition to the KEXP BBQ. Also, be sure to visit the band’s website and check out their tour blog for up-to-date information. Currently, Pela is gaining recognition for the energy of their live shows, and here’s proof, a live video for “Captive” found on their MySpace page — this is PELA Live @ Mercury NYC

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