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 “Could It Be” by The Mugs from the 2008 EP Ravel Day, coming at you via skinnyFat Records.
Brooklyn will always be the scene of invention. Musics of every facet converge on its dingy doormat, hoping to breakthrough to warmer digs all while entertaining the pitiful (and not so pitiful) masses. The Mugs happen to be the latest four-piece living the Brooklynite dream. “Could It Be” harkens back to a golden time in music: the mid 1990s. While many of us laugh now at some of the artists we were listening to during Alternative’s shining moment, there are many groups that survived the bubblegum fallout that most of us still hold near and dear. It just so happen that The Mugs could have been one of those bands. Combining the melodic cynicism of groups like eels and Ammonia with a touch of funk and modern indie production, The Mugs are delivering the best of both worlds to an audience trapped in the past yet ready for the future.
The Mugs are enjoying a break from the road with just two dates announced at the moment. If you’re eager to find out when the band will hit the road, look in on their MySpace page everyday until new shows appear. Until then, enjoy this live video capturing The Mugs performing “Firm Ground” at Bell House in Brooklyn.