Song of the Day: What Made Milwaukee Famous – Resistance St.

photo by Hilary Harris

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 in anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, is Resistance St. by What Made Milwaukee Famous from the 2008 album What Doesn’t Kill Us on Barsuk.

What Made Milwaukee Famous – Resistance St. (MP3)

If you didn’t know, you’ve probably guessed that this band has nothing to do with the city of Milwaukee. In fact their current tour passes on Wisconsin altogether. The name actually comes from a song by Jerry Lee Lewis, an artist that has no influence on the band outside of their name. So what is the deal with these guys? Four years ago this Austin quintet self released their debut album and wound up with a last-minute spot on Austin City Limits. It didn’t take long for Seattle’s own Barsuk Records to come knocking and subsequently rerelease Trying To Never Catch Up a year later. This time the band handed off production duties to Chris Michaels of Sparklehorse and put their own energies behind the already strong, soaring vocals of Michael Kingcaid and rousing power pop choruses. With this record, the boys of WMMF have begun to erase the tracks of their inspirations, forging ahead with their unique blend of new wave, power pop and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. In addition to their Sasquatch appearance, WMMF have several Northwest dates with The Whigs as well as stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Check out their MySpace page for the details and take in this acoustic performance of Sultan:

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  1. Famous Quotes Writer
    Posted May 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Now those guys are cute!!! Can they sing too?

  2. elly
    Posted August 2, 2008 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Maybe I’m being ridiculous, but these guys sound a lot like Spoon on this track. And I love spoon, luckily for me I have had the chance to enjoy this band for quite some time too.

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