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 “St. Yesterday” by Seattle-based indie rockers Explone from their forthcoming, self-released album Dreamers.
Always on the cutting edge, Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole brings KEXP listeners a sneak peak at an un-released album from local rockers Explone. Many of Kevin’s regular listeners will recognize a little of his favorite Minneapolis-style rock in this Seattle trio. Dreamers is the follow-up to their 2005 debut Crooks and features a change in line-up and a different strategy for tackling the recording. This time around frontman Patrick Porter, who also performs in Red Jacket Mine and with fellow songwriter Andrew Norsworthy, wanted to come to the studio with the songs worked out by the band during rehearsals rather than layering in additional instruments and fine-tuning each song by himself. Instrumentation and pacing is also very different from the mostly acoustic songs on Crooks. “St. Yesterday” is a fast-paced guitar-driven power pop song with dreamy vocals that channels some of Porter’s favorite heroes: Husker Du, Nada Surf and Cheap Trick.
Since there’s more about the style, attitude and history to the band than can be fully “explone” here, head over to the band’s website and MySpace page for more information. Dreamers is scheduled to be released some time this summer, but in the meantime, you can check them out at The High Dive on April 4th supporting Massy Ferguson and Lost Dogma. As of yet no videos exist for Explone, but here’s a clip showing Patrick Porter performing with the much more twangy Red Jacket Mine: