Song of the Day: Explone – St. Yesterday


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‚Äôs 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.

Explone – St. Yesterday (MP3)

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:

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  1. Posted January 23, 2009 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    It’s nice to see the Verizon guy branching out.

  2. Andrea
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Never listened to these guys before – I love the song. You guys have a new fan.

  3. Larry Wetzel
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Why are we seeing the bands that couldn’t make song of the day fill in for those that can? These guys are nice, I suppose, but no Explone. Why not also give us the bio of the siblings of the band instead of the band’s bio? Instead of telling us where their shows are, why not tell us where they have played before, or maybe where their friends are playing? Why do I care about this guys other band?

  4. Posted January 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Since there are no videos currently available of/by/for Explone, why not watch a video for a band that the frontman is heavily involved with? The thing about Patrick Porter is that he plays with a lot of other people in Seattle. You’ve got the song to download from Explone. You can go to their MySpace page and hear more, but if you’re curious to how bands in Seattle might relate together… then here you go.

    Besides, you don’t *have* to watch the video, you know.

  5. Chandra
    Posted January 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    A friend just fwd this to me. Very friendly to the ears. Good singer. Can’t wait to see them live!! I love this city because of bands like this. I love KEXP because they do, too.

    I also love Barack Obama and I am feeling almost fanatical about it. I cannot believe, it. I keep thinking Ashtun Kutcher is going to bust in over the airwaves and tell us all we’ve been punked. As bad as that would be, I would watch that episode and be like, “Awe Man!! He totally got us!!” And then I’d be like, “Hooray, back to simulated drowning for people who may or may not be innocent, but we know they are terrorists because we BELIEVE they are!! HEY!! Where did my crayons and sippy cup go??”

    Anyway, your music helps me believe that Ashtun has nothing to do with it. That is the highest compliment I could pay anybody for anything right now…

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