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 the Nick Zinner remix of “Revelations” by Freshkills.
The art of the remix has transformed many a dull songs into headbanging, booty shaking, heartbreaking studs of musical evolution. In the case of Nick Zinner’s tweak of Freshkills’ “Revelations” — which wasn’t dull to begin with — a new message is clear: Remixing can also turn a good track into a great track. The shell of “Revelations” remains intact. It’s a song embracing the rock sounds of the past with anthematic lyrics. The headbanging part of the equation was already fulfilled. It’s the addition of a danceable beats and a fresh, frenetic energy that supplies the booty shaking aspect. The heartbreaker? When the track abruptly ends. It’s rare when rock and dance meet in a plant neither are comfortable inhabiting but it’s a testament to the reach of Freshkills and the talent of Nick Zinner that for one shining moment, the two co-existed to bring the remix a bit of magic.
Freshkills are keeping their tour dates close to the vest, so their MySpace page is good for nothing more than to swoon and ogle. However, you may notice the band is taking KEXP by storm, performing live this very morning! After you tune in at 8 AM PST (11 AM EST) to catch the band live in the studio, why don’t you enjoy this live video of Freshkills tearing through “Revelations”: