Song of the Day: Vampire Hands – Paradise Knife Fights

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‚Äôs 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 – Paradise Knife Fights (MP3)

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:

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  1. Posted January 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    We’d really like to thank KEXP and Kevin for playing our stuff. If anyone is curious, we have a new album coming out in April and will be in Seattle shortly thereafter. Thanks again.

  2. MSG/FF
    Posted January 17, 2008 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh my god dude, you are seriously such a huge nerd!!!

  3. Jessica
    Posted January 19, 2008 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    I saw Vapire Hands when they visited Seattle last fall. It was a great show!!

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