photo by Ron Henry
As we were scheduling this week’s round of Sasquatch-related podcasts, we asked the guys in Pela if they had anything that we hadn’t yet heard before. Turns out, they did! This song, entitled “Good Foot on a Bad Doorstep,” has been available in “banjo” form on the the World’s Fair website for some time, but the unmastered yet full-band version that you’ll hear as your bonus Song of the Day podcast hasn’t yet been released to the world.
Says singer Billy McCarthy, who earlier called the song “a sordid love tale of NYC late night bar trolls”:
The song is about good old fashion infidelity and it folding back on the infidel. It was originally on banjo and didn’t make Anytown [Graffiti]. But we knew we’d release it some day. It was recorded on a cheap Kimball organ… like the kind that Hare Krishna’s use. The violin player was this old Cuban guy that hung at my bar. And he was so drunk during the session that his breathing was bleeding through the microphone… we thought he’d pass out but he never did… he just sat there smelling of alcohol and cologne.
In the Northwest, you can catch Pela at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on 5/25, at Sasquatch! Music Festival (in front of huge audiences, the way the band is meant to be heard) on 5/26, and at the Doug Fir in Portland on 5/27 — whew! when they say they’re back on tour, they aren’t kidding! The rest of the States can check out the Pela Blog or the band’s MySpace page for dates closer to home. Enjoy this very special release from one of the best live bands you’ll ever hear.