Song of the Day: Elliott Brood – Write It All Down For You

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 Write It All Down For You by Elliott Brood from the 2008 album Mountain Meadows on Six Shooter.

Elliott Brood – Write It All Down For You (MP3)

With their second full-length album, Mountain Meadows, this previously underappreciated Toronto trio has brought yet another harrowing tale to our attention. The title comes from the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, an event that left 120 men, women and children dead at the hands of militant Mormons and Native American tribesmen. While certainly not the end-all, the band seems to be obsessed with creating moods, as evidenced by their 2005 Juno-nominated album, Ambassadors, which was recorded in a slaughterhouse. For their latest, they toned it down a bit, opting to record in town halls, old country homes and even a proper studio. Musically, however, there is no toning it down for these guys. Fronted by Mark Sasso’s raspy howls, the band has gone so far as to deem itself death country, but no matter how aggressive the stomping acoustics or how dark the narrative, Elliott Brood tunes never stray far from the traditional folk/country base. To further distance themselves from the pack of alt-country artists, they’ve incorporated a mix of pedals and alternative percussive instruments, most notably Stephen Pitkin’s kick drum suitcase, in order to maintain a high-energy acoustic sound. As great as all their studio efforts have been, this is a band that needs to be seen live to be fully appreciated. Luckily, they’re on tour now with a stop at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on 9/23. In the meantime, check out this low key performance of Without Again:

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  1. Wil Hammer
    Posted August 14, 2008 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    WO! this kicks ass.

  2. El Gallo Viejo
    Posted August 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Kicking song I love your style although I’m not to sure where your style fits, which is a good thing. My favor is “Cadillac Dust”, I love the funky entro and the build up to the point where you kick all in especially that deep bass drum really kicks it all into gear. Don’t care for the end but hey…it’s your song.
    Keep up the good work.

  3. Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I love this song, it’s one of my faves, gonna try to come see you guys in london.

  4. jessica
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    found this on some random blog and it didn’t have the artists name. have been obsessed with the song and am so happy i found out who it was

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