Song of the Day: The Bell – On and On

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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 On and On by The Bell from the 2008 album Make Some Quiet on Badman.

The Bell – On and On (MP3)

Somewhat to this Swedish trio’s frustration, the Interpol and Joy Division comparisons keep flooding in. It’s hard to deny the similarities, but after hearing the remix on the band’s MySpace page and then listening to their material again, I see them in a different light. First off, Mathias Stromberg (vocals) and company use a drum machine to produce their percussive elements, giving their songs a much different back beat from that of their snare- and bass-drum heavy influences. The echoing vocals and shimmering guitars of Do You Know How To Feel easily break the post-punk mold — in fact, signaling the band may have a pop-ier future in store for themselves. No matter what comes next, I get the feeling a lot of people will be paying attention. Let’s start the trend by watching the official video for On and On:

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