Song of the Day: The Gutter Twins – Idle Hands

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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 Idle Hands by The Gutter Twins from the 2008 album Saturnalia on Sub Pop.

The Gutter Twins – Idle Hands (MP3)

The Gutter Twins are a dream combination of two artists who’ve single-handedly and collaboratively chosen right at every fork in the musical road. Mark Lanegan, known primarily for his work with Screaming Trees and Isobel Campbell together with Greg Dulli, whose fame derives from the Afghan Whigs and the more recent Twilight Singers immediately sparks interest. These two storied frontmen have joined to keep one another on edge, never allowing old tendencies to get in the way of creating something new. Spanning the exemplary, maniacal rock and slow dirges are the renowned brooding lyrics of both musicians, combined to bring these slow burners to fiery conclusions. A recognized spiritual influence also runs through the album, most noticeable on standout The Stations, a creepy hell-raiser with an eerie church organ to keep you company throughout. Their much-anticipated debut is accompanied by a release party at the Showbox 3/4. Scan other upcoming shows on their MySpace page after viewing this altered version of album closer Front Street, performed back in ’06:

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