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
Taking the Farm by The War on Drugs from the 2008 album Wagonwheel Blues on Secretly Canadian.
The War on Drugs ain’t just about wasting tax dollars anymore. This 5-piece out of Philadelphia caught the ’60s & ’70s psych bug that’s been going around recently but spices it up by adding drum machines, layers of often discordant guitars and creative, ever-changing song structures.
Taking the Farm, one of the album standouts, begins with sparse, made-for-TV-special guitars before the ’80s drum machine comes charging in. It’s a definite shift from its predecessor, the Dylan-esque
Arms Like Boulders, and together the two tracks provide a great introduction to the musical journey that lays ahead. Formed by frontman Adam Granduciel (guitar, vocals) and Kurt Vile (guitar), the band has done well in harnessing its different influences to avoid being pigeonholed. Shortly after they signed to Secretly Canadian earlier this year, the label began giving away free downloads of the band’s previous Barrel of Batteries EP, which contains all the promise that was delivered on with Wagonwheel Blues. Hopefully you picked that up before it went down. The band just wrapped up a US tour and will head over to Europe at the end of September for a month-long jaunt. Check out their MySpace page for exact dates and beware of this
Needle In Your Eye: