photo by Carl Wedoff
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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Paradise Knife Fights by Vampire Hands from the 2007 Cuz It’s A Beach Funeral EP on Peppermint Coffin.
Vampire Hands has been making big waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes while more and more groups are recycling ’60s psychedelic-rock with mixed results. Not only do Vampire Hands get it right but they turn up the heat with cutting guitar lines, dual percussionists, and vocalists that range from a sweet falsetto to a frightening scream. No need to be scared though, they’ve all noted Count Chocula as their favorite vampire. Seriously, these guys utilize all the multi-instrumentalist and sonic treatments — that big-name bands have collectively used over the last couple years — to create something truly unique. They’ll be slaying the Midwest through March, but according to their MySpace page another release is in the near future. Let them know you want them to come to your neighborhood. This is a sample of what you might see — a performance of
Queen Juno in St. Paul back in May: