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 “Strike a Match” by Autodrone from their 2008 album Strike A Match on Clairecords.
This is classic shoegaze, just the sort of stuff you love in the Winter: fuzzed out electronics and over-saturated guitars layering beautiful female vocals. Played loud, the title track doesn’t waste any time getting right to the point with its wailing guitars and Katherine Kennedy’s wonderful voice pushing over the constant drone. Behind the raw sound of their new album, Autodrone is a skilled band that also delivers live. Like their fellow New Yorkers, A Place to Bury Strangers, though with a completely different take on the classic shoegaze formula, Autodrone likes it loud. Because if you’re going to emulate your forefathers, you’re going to have to crank it up! They obviously draw influence from early Lush and My Bloody Valentine, yet they also put a bit more of an aggressive twist on the sound and make it uniquely their own. Seeing as Strike A Match is merely the band’s debut, you can expect to hear a lot more from them in the future.
Autodrone has announced some limited West Coast dates. More impending West Coast dates are yet to be announced. You can also find out more and listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page. Here they are playing at Brooklyn’s Supreme Trading last April: