Song of the Day: Kunk – We Are Not Who You Think We Are

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 We Are Not Who You Think We Are by Kunk from the 2008 self-released EP We Are Not Who You Think We Are.

Kunk – We Are Not Who You Think We Are (MP3)

What started as brothers James and Wayne Davey, both guitarists and vocalists, writing songs back in 2002 has since expanded to include Hannah Veale (bass/vocals) and Will Marshall (drums). For their most recent release, the members of Kunk made sure to buff away any shine. Angst and off-the-cuff lyrics dominate all three tracks on the record, bolstering the jagged garage-punk guitars. We Are Not Who You Think We Are marks their first release since a band shakeup two years ago, and while they’re intent on achieving raw discord — and they do — they can’t help belting out lo-fi pop hooks. Apparently more releases are on the way as the brothers’ Davey and company wrapped up a recording session two days ago for what will be the single This City, produced by Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Forward Russia). The band is also hard at work on an upcoming full length to be titled Late-night Soapbox. Head over to their MySpace page where the entire WANWYTWA EP is currently streaming, and though the audio leaves something to be desired, here’s a video for This City, recorded at Tommy Flynn’s in Camden a few months back:

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  1. Posted July 3, 2008 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Kunk are a brillant little band, we’ve played them quite a bit on a Radio show I present from Norwich (the bands home town).

    how did you discover them???

  2. Posted July 3, 2008 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    They sent us a CD. We knew it was great on first listen.

  3. Lisa
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    KunK are well received in USA and need to concentrate on that market

  4. TonyM
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    This is cool. I went to Norwich once and it was a bit like this. Really good. This band are terrific and deserve fame and free meals where ever they go.

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