Throw Me the Statue live on Ballard Day!
photo by Krissi Pearson
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. Every Friday, the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen in anticipation of Memorial Day Weekend’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, is
Lolita by Throw Me the Statue from the 2008 album Moonbeams on Secretly Canadian.
|Throw Me the Statue – Lolita (MP3)|
The last time we featured Throw Me the Statue, Moonbeams was picking up steam on the blogosphere ahead of its rerelease on Secretly Canadian. It’s three months later and Scott Reitherman’s cohort have racked up plenty of glowing reviews from the most respected of sources. Last weekend, the band treated the Seattle community to a special in-store performance at Sonic Boom Records as part of KEXP’s Ballard Day. Their short performance highlighted what anyone who’s heard the album already knows: this band is immediately likable. In drafting Moonbeams, Reitherman found a perfect balance between live instrumentation and drum machines while crafting one genre-defying gem after another. The lyrics range from the playful to the overtly sexual and are often delivered in an almost desensitized manner, adding another great layer to the already heady mix. In addition to the Sasquatch! Music Festival, TMtS will be performing at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot.
If the band’s immediate likability hasn’t sunk in yet, here’s a cute story involving the band and a lost dog:
Throw Me the Statue was on tour driving from Georgia to Birmingham, Alabama. They stopped in a rest stop at the Alabama border, and while they were sitting around relaxing, this dog came up to them. It was a black pit bull puppy, and they played with it for a while and fell in love with it instantly. The woman who ran the rest stop told them that someone had abandoned the puppy about a week earlier and that it had been wandering around the whole time. The area was without an animal shelter or animal control, so the woman didn’t know what to do about the puppy.
The band decided to take the puppy with them to Birmingham and try to get it adopted. In the car, they got more and more attached to the dog. When they got to the Bottle Tree venue, they met up with one of their bandmates who was re-joining them on the tour. He was unfortunately very afraid of dogs, so they couldn’t take the dog with them for the rest of the tour. They decided to leave the dog with the woman who owns the Bottle Tree, who would wait for them to finish the tour and return to Seattle. Once they were in Seattle, they had the woman from the Bottle Tree send the dog as cargo on a plane to Jarred, the drummer, who was the most invested in the dog.
They named him Sir Mingus. Check him out here.