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 “Sheffield” by All The Saints from their 2008 album Fire on Corridor X on Touch and Go/Killer Pimp.
It’s doubtful you’d think of the old days of “Southern rock” when you’re listening to this Atlanta based trio, whose feedback drenched squall could just have easily come from the other Birmingham across the Pond. Yet All The Saints fit right in with the new sounds of the South, and Atlanta in particular, as redefined by rising stars Dead Confederate, The Whigs, Deerhunter, Black Lips, and others. And it’s a duality not lost on the band: songs “Sheffield” and “Leeds” are actually named for towns in Alabama on the route between Memphis and Atlanta, and “Regal Regalia” by name alone begs the comparison. However, All The Saints infuse more American psychedelia and just plain rock harder than their pastier Brit counterparts.
Formed formed originally by guitarist and singer Matt Lambert and bassist Titus Brown in Alabama, the band relocated to Atlanta where they picked up fellow Alabaman and drummer Jim Crook and concocted their debut, Fire on Corridor X, with producer Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley). Since then, they’ve been playing around the Southeast regularly and recently earned new fans during their spate of shows at CMJ, which included an on-air performance for KEXP at Gibson Showroom (photos here). Head over to the band’s MySpace page for upcoming shows, which for now remain in Atlanta, and look for a lot more to come from these three gentlemen.
For another sample of All The Saints’ energetic aural blast, check out this student-filmed live performance of “Wall Purchase” from Georgia State University: