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 “Cold Spring” by Cymbals Eat Guitars from the band’s 2009 self-release, Why There are Mountains.
First to strike you about Cymbals Eat Guitars will be the imagery conjured with each passing glimpse of the band name. As violent and hungry as it sounds, there is also a lighter side to contemplate. While a wilderness of free range cymbals and guitars roaming the Serengeti, working to reinforce their odd food chain, can seem intimidating, it’s not so scary when you could also view Cymbals as a loveable blue Muppet a la Cookie Monster. Perhaps the love of devouring guitars by cymbals isn’t basic instinct but a weird show of undying love and admiration of the stringed ones. Cookie Monster’s love of cookies borders on orgasmic; maybe -- and we should never judge -- cymbals feel the same way about guitars?
However, the four gentleman collectively known as Cymbals Eat Guitars would probably prefer not being known as Muppets, nor would they want murderous imagery to overshadow their main goal: creating music, distributing those creations; and performing for audiences who have heard the music and like it. An energetic quartet, Cymbals Eat Guitars attack every song with a small amount of Attention Deficit Disorder, as if changing their minds mid-song to follow a new idea or to discover a new melody our of the original. It keeps listeners on their toes, and though it may be a growing trend, Cymbals Eat Guitars keep their sound grounded in hearty indie ether rather than trying to be grandiosely expansive and inventive. “Cold Spring” contains much the band’s energy throughout its course, yet it does a fantastic job of building and breaking tension. The best music often mimics the rush and the pit-in-the-stomach effect found by riding a roller coaster and Cymbals Eat Guitars tap into it quickly and often.
The band is currently parading around the East Coast and Midwest on a tour, so reveals the group’s MySpace page. Why there is no Seattle date currently scheduled, consider this an excuse to take that long-desire vacation to Indianapolis or Des Moines. While you’re there, remember to buy lots of merchandise to help out an independent band.