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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Hit The Road” by David Vandervelde from his second full-length album, Waiting For the Sunrise, on Secretly Canadian.
Based on the new album’s mellow road trip-worthy jams — and the song title “Hit The Road” certainly helps my road-trip argument — it’s hard to believe that Vandervelde got his start playing metal, but really, who doesn’t want to shred when they first pick up a guitar? His first solo release, The Moonstation House Band, he recorded solely by himself and definitely was not metal, but it was rather a one-man expedition into 70’s-inspired, reverb-heavy rock numbers. After assembling a band to perform the album live, Vandervelde continued on with his group, who then contributed to the recording of Waiting For the Sunrise, which also includes songwriting contributions from ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett. Vandervelde more recently crossed over folk rock lines with his cover of Okkervil River’s “Singer Songwriter” for their Stand-Ins project. Check out his MySpace page for tour details, sadly lacking a Seattle stop.
David Vandervelde – Singer Songwriter (Okkervil River cover)