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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Neo Violence” by The Tough Alliance their 2008 album A New Chance on Modular Records.
Henning Fürst and Eric Berglund have been friends since they were 12, and even now they’re just the kind of troublemaking youths you’d expect to make this kind of “out there” pop music. The duo, hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, have been known to get wild and swing bats, golf clubs and mic stands on-stage while they lip sync to their recorded music, yet they have also managed to generate quite a buzz (and even a few critics). Despite their misleading name, and controversial live show, TTA are actually pretty upbeat and melodic as they blur the lines between dance and dancehall, pop and electronica. Although the band has been releasing music since 2005, A New Chance is their first album released in the U.S., but their third full-length over all. Previous releases have been on the band’s own label, Sincerely Yours, which is also home to another KEXP favorite, Air France. Further information is difficult to find, as the duo prefer to let the music speak for itself. And that’s what you should do: listen and not worry about the hype. Just let “Neo Violence” whoop your ass on its own: