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. Every Friday the Song of the Day podcast spotlights local musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Miss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” by New Faces off their debut album Two Years available through Loveless Records.
Many of us can remember a time when we laid on our beds for hours on end dreaming of being a rock star (or insert dream profession here). For Port Townsend’s New Faces, that might have been this March before winning EMP/SFM’s Sound Off competition. This Battle of the Bands showcase for underage musicians helped catapult New Faces (and Natalie Portman’s Shave Head, Skullbot, and Dyme Def before them) to a bigger stage and even a hot record label. This is a big deal for any band, let alone one whose members aren’t all out of high school yet. While most young musicians change bands more frequently than than their locker combinations, something seems to be working for these rockers. Their brand of 70’s rock meets 80’s pop is getting regular airplay and they have gigs all over Seattle and beyond. In fact, before embarking on a mini tour a few months ago, the band had all piled into their car just in time to hear their song for the first time being played on the radio, and they were ecstatic! There are a lot of exciting things happening in Port Townsend besides the New Faces’ exploding career. The Blakes and other Seattle bands make regular appearances at this self-proclaimed Victorian Seaport & Arts Community. An all-ages venue called The Boiler Room regularly hosts both established musicians and new acts such as New Faces and Sirens. Between The Vera Project, Sound Off and The Boiler Room, many more young musicians are finding ways to gain exposure to new audiences within a thriving all-ages music community all over the Puget Sound. Check New Faces out on their home turf in Port Townsend on Saturday, September 13th, at The Boiler Room or later in Seattle at King Cobra on Saturday, September 20th, w/ Ra Ra Riot and Walter Mego. More dates and info can be found on their MySpace page.
For all you dreamers out there who are younger than 21, EMP/SFM is currently accepting applications for 2009’s Sound Off. Applications are due by November 10th. Click here for more info and download the application. You could win some great gigs, gear, and guidance from the Recording Academy. Not to mention killer press. Here’s a bootleg of New Faces performing at this year’s Sound Off.