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.
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