Das Llamas, live at High Dive, 7/8/07
photo by Sound on the Sound
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. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
The Wedding Song by Das Llamas from their 2007 album World War on Aviation Records.
For their debut LP, World War, Das Llamas doubled the number of amplifiers in the studio, creating a sound that was bigger than themselves. To compensate, a second guitarist, Aaron Everett, joined the band. The result is energetic, in your face post-punk with a hint of both dance and goth. While most bands can’t claim to be at all familiar with all of these styles, Das Llamas wield them with authority, making them one of the most innovative and exciting bands in the Pacific Northwest. Bumbershoot, Portland’s MusicFest NW, and our very own MySpace page for specific dates and information, and for more reading pleasure, check out this recent review at Performermag.com.
Here are a couple of songs the band posted in The Stranger Classifieds under their former name Stabmasterarson. The first song appears on World War in a more fully developed form and the second appears on their sold out self-titled 2005 EP (which you can still buy on iTunes):
Stabmasterarson – Reasoning w/ Sharks (MP3)