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
All Conquering The Crimea from t2007 self-released (and free!) album Secrets of the Witching Hour.
The band, formerly known as The Crocketts, began their record label roller coaster ride in 2004, when they were signed to Warner Bros Records based on the success of their self-released songs that soon became some of their early singles, like “Lottery Winners On Acid” and “White Russian Galaxy.” Despite receiving tons of airplay on KEXP and other indie stations in the U.S. and being championed in the U.K. by Colin Murray of BBC Radio 1, the band was dropped two years later by The Frog, who unfortunately didn’t know how to market the debut full-length Tragedy Rocks. Rather than dissolve the group again, frontman Davey MacManus and the rest of The Crimea are doing what only a few other iconoclastic musicians have done recently: they’re giving it away for free! Yes, you can download The Crimea’s sophomore release Secrets of the Witching Hour, guilt-free and dollar-free, in its entirety and not as just some low-bitrate stream. You get the whole album in MP3 form to put on your computer, iPod, or other music player. As a result, with nearly 60,000 downloads, The Crimea on their own are expanding their fan base more widely than their former corporate label has been able to do so far.
For another preview of the album, here’s a video for “Bombay Sapphire Coma,” also from the new album: