Song of the Day: We All Have Hooks For Hands – The Man Trying To Outfox Us All


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 The Man Trying To Outfox Us All by We All Have Hooks For Hands from the 2007 album The Pretender on Afternoon Records.

We All Have Hooks For Hands – The Man Trying To Outfox Us All (MP3)

Thanks to heavy tour schedules and the PR capabilities of blogs, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is able to unleash a band like We All Have Hooks for Hands on the nation. At times laying down gentle folk-pop and at other times belting out countrified moonlight jams, WAHHH sound like they’re having a sing-along in a clown car — enjoying themselves one minute, disapproving the next, but all the while happy to be where they are. The core strength of the band lies in its layering; dueling drummers create the backbone upon which three guitarists build complementary, but not overpowering, melodies while orchestral-pop harmonies relate small town melodramas. Don’t even get me started on the violin or the horn section. Currently, the nine member band’s tour schedule is light, but the word is spreading and the love is sure to follow. Go to the band’s MySpace page to hear samples of what you’ve been missing since the album’s April release. The following video performance of Oh, I’d Expect was shot at the end of April in Minneapolis:

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