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 “Something to Prove” by The Redwood Plan off their debut self-titled, self-released EP.
You might recognize the lead vocals from today’s Song of the Day as the pipes of Seattle music veteran Leslie Wood whose former band, Ms. Led, recently called it quits after 10 years together. Alongside Ms. Wood is bassist Jamie Hellgate another Seattle music vixen (H is for Hellgate), Betty ST and Sydney Stolfus who complete this newly minted quartet. Overall, The Redwood Plan is more accessible without departing too far from what Wood was doing with Ms. Led. Fans of the Led can only gain as her signature song-writing style and attitude remain in tact but are delivered in a more high-energy, dance ready package. From the opening guitar licks on today’s song, Something to Prove, to the groove-laden bass lines, it will have even Seattle’s most anti-dance audience busting a semi-perceptible move.
Though The Redwood Plan released their album late last year, they didn’t play their first official show until March’s KEXP Audioasis live broadcast from The Sunset Tavern. They recently embarked upon a mini US tour that included stops in Austin during SXSW before returning to their beloved homeland. You will have a few opportunities to check out The Redwood Plan in town over the next few months, but you might want to check out their April 25th show at The High Dive with Brent Amaker & the Rodeo and Dept of Energy. Should be a kick-ass local show. Keep your eye on their MySpace page or website for more dates and info.