Song of the Day: Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone

Steve Gullick

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‚Äôs featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is Daddy’s Gone by Glasvegas from a 2008 demo (and soon to be out on Columbia).

Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone (MP3)

When listeners in Britain first heard this song last year, they latched onto it immediately. U.K. tastemaker NME went so far as to name the song the 2nd best of 2007. Such has been the way with Glasvegas thus far. Having released nothing more than a couple of singles at this point, the band has attracted the attention of numerous big-name bands and top critics, landing themselves great touring gigs and lots of press. So why all the fuss over this new Glasgow quartet? Frontman James Allan (guitar/vocals) has a voice that is immediately classic, recalling his ’80s alternative predecessors while sounding entirely unique and new at the same time. Besides the timeless and refreshing Daddy’s Gone, the band’s output thus far gives the wall-of-sound treatment to rockabilly-, doo-wop-, and 60s pop-inspired tunes, breathing new life into the recently ballooning psychedelic resurgence. In addition to the media and critics licking their chops, labels had been in frequent contact with the band of late. Columbia recently came out the lucky winner and will release Daddy’s Gone as a single both on CD and on limited edition 7″ vinyl (8/25). But this is all mere preparation for their highly-anticipated self-titled debut (9/8), which was co-produced by Allan and Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Interpol). Check out their website for info on their current tour, which ends with a few shows stateside. Here’s the official video of Daddy’s Gone (but you should also check out the live version they performed a few months back on Jools Holland):

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