photo by Kyle Johnson
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 continues our coverage of some of the bands playing the Capitol Hill Block Party as chosen by John in the Morning. Today’s selection is “Tide of Bones” by Black Eyes & Neckties from their album Apparition! on ClickPop Records.
Yay! It’s finally here! The Capitol Hill Block Party starts today and all week long, John has been showcasing CHBP artists to get you hyped and today is no exception! Camp out at Neumo’s where we’ll be broadcasting live Friday and Saturday, bringing you and those in the beyond tons of great music. If you can’t make it in person (aka the beyond), don’t fret; we’ll be broadcasting live starting at 2pm today. At 4pm, Black Eyes & Neckties will be blasting their own brand of “Horror Punk” to the ether — it’s a show not to be missed. After all, they been voted Best Rock Band in Bellingham’s What’s Up! Now magazine since 2004. Bellingham has spawned their fair share of bands (Death Cab for Cutie, No-Fi Soul Rebellion, and The DT’s to name a few), but none are quite like Black Eyes & Neckties (or BENt) who are known for their dark theatrical performances and unpredictable stage antics (which include splattering fake blood on audiences). They initially formed as a Halloween act in 2002, by vocalist Bradley “Horror” and guitarist Ryan “Cadaver,” but became such a staple in the local music scene that they put together a permanent band. Famed for their tattered, (fake) blood-stained clothing, blackened eyes, and of course torn ties, their music also follows the dark undercurrent of their graveyard aesthetic. I’ve only caught the tail end of a performance at The Comet, but I can tell you, audiences were definitely swept up by this group’s six-feet underground pop rock (not to mention, it was a little peculiar to see them loading out still in their costumes). They are playing the Capitol Hill Block Party July 25th at 4pm (broadcast LIVE on KEXP from the Neumo’s stage at 4pm) but they also have tons of shows booked for the future (including a spot at Bumbershoot). For more dates, visit their myspace or website.
If you can’t make it in person, check out this video for “Ghosts In Our Clothes” to get an idea of their live performance then close your eyes and listen at 4pm (unless you’re driving).