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 Morning Show host John Richards, is “In Disguise” by Born Anchors from their upcoming debut self-released album Sprezzatura.
Today’s Song of the Day gives you a sneak peek at an upcoming release from Born Anchors. This Seattle band is following up 2007’s self-titled EP with a full-length album chock full of upbeat power pop songs that will have you rocking along from start to finish. Born Anchors’ primary songwriter, Jason Parker, talked with me about the band and today’s Song of the Day:
Leigh: How did you all meet and where’d the name “Born Anchors” come from?
Jason: I was playing with ideas of names for a couple months, but I need to have some kind of meaning behind everything I do, so I just couldn’t put a couple words together and call it good. Music has been the focus of all my attention since I was 8 yrs old, when I got my 1st RUN DMC tape, and over the last couple of years, I’ve become more aware of how much I have missed because of my obsession with playing music. The band always comes first, and it has taken its toll for the last 11 years. The music has definitely kept me anchored to one spot, but I have never been able to move past it. So … the name came out of that feeling. WAY too much information, I know.
Did you work with Johnny Sangster again on this album?
We worked with Johnny on the EP in 2007. This LP was recorded and mixed by Chris Common. He is the drummer in These Arms Are Snakes and co-owner of Red Room studios with Matt Bayles. Chris recorded Tiny Vipers, TAAS, and a bunch of other great stuff.
Chris is a great engineer and has an awesome ear for drums. We wanted a really open-room sound for the record, and he did a great job
So a quick Google search on “sprezzatura” leads me to a Wiki page on a Renaissance work about a courtesan’s ability to hide or mask what she truly feels. Is that an overall theme to the album?
I was reading up on some different art periods and I came across sprezzatura, and it really stood out as a word to define not only how I act, but also what we constantly strive for in our music.
All the bands I’ve ever really admired have this aura about them that they are amazing without even trying — it’s just natural. I think it’s safe to say people and art suffer the most when you can see them trying too hard, and what they are trying to accomplish isn’t natural.
What other themes are on the album? What about today’s Song of the Day, “In Disguise”?
I just recently learned that age-old rule, write what you know. All the songs are highly personal and about my life at the time we were writing. That’s not to say that the experiences are exclusive to me, though — nothing in my life that has happened hasn’t happened to a million others. So it’s just my view on losing friends to diseases, relationships ending, starting new & exciting relationships, feeling nostalgic for old times and missing family.
“In Disguise” is about a relationship between two people written as a protagonist vs. antagonist narrative. As I try to get closer to the person, I am constantly pushed away, resulting in a role reversal where I become the villain.
Born Anchors will be quite busy in the next few weeks and are providing lots of opportunities for you to check them out live. Their CD release party is April 5th at the Cha Cha and they will be live on KEXP during their Audioasis remote broadcast from The Sunset Tavern on Saturday May 2nd at 6pm. For more info and dates, check out their MySpace page or website.
Here’s a video for “Casualty” also from Sprezzatura