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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Crush On You” by Brakesbrakesbrakes off their 2009 album Touchdown on FatCat Records.
It’s been quite the ordeal for the Brighton, England band Brakesbrakesbrakes to finally come together to record their 2009 album, Crush On You. They’ve braved tours with The Killers, sub-zero temperatures on cold, hardwood floors in Oxfordshire, exhaustion, near-collapse, and much more, but this foursome has survived it all on this FatCat release is the testament to their will to create. With a touch of emo and a guitar line bordering on power-pop, “Crush On You” is as catchy a track as just about any. This is Jimmy Eats World by way of Frightened Rabbits, a heartfelt ode to the joys of “crushing” on a lass, backed by a churning guitar line possibly pulled from the early-90s. It’s fun, it’s light, it seems to be exactly what these gentlemen intended to create.
Brakebrakesbrakes just played the Camden Crawl and will continue to play shows in the UK for the foreseeable future. Check their MySpace page for updates. Here they are performing “Porcupine or Pineapple” in 2006: