Song of the Day: Art Brut – Direct Hit

Art Brut with DJ Shannon at KEXP 3/25/06
photo by Gregory A. Perez

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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Direct Hit by Art Brut from the 2007 album It’s A Bit Complicated on Downtown Records.

Art Brut – Direct Hit (MP3)Art Brut is a rock band known for singing songs about sex and, well, rock. Fans, new and old, will discover no change in that department on this most recent effort. The tracklist reads like a cover album, fitting snugly alongside musings on mix-tapes and ex-girlfriends. Even so, It’s A Bit Complicated is pure Art Brut; Eddie Argos serves up more of his narrative style and comedic one-liners while the rest of the band delivers melodic punk flavors with throwbacks to the best pop-rock the early ’80s had to offer.While their summer tour only brings them stateside twice, both the Monolith Festival at Red Rocks and Bumbershoot in Seattle will satisfy a large, eager audience. All other information can be found on the band’s website and MySpace page. To give you a taste of what all the fuss is about, here is a clip of the band performing Direct Hit live at New York’s Bowery Ballroom:

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