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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s featured selection is “Octavio” by Viva Voce from their album Rose City available through Barsuk Records.
Today’s offering is from our neighbors to the South, Portland’s own Viva Voce. Rose City, an album named for their adopted hometown, is the fifth full length release from this band (and second with their current label) which for the bulk of their career was a husband and wife duo. Known for their dynamic stage presence, these two rockers originally from Huntsville, Alabama were able to make their songs sound fuller by utilizing a variety of looping techniques. I remember seeing them at EMP’s Sky Church and wishing I had earplugs. Rose City is the follow up to 2006’s well received Get Yr Blood Sucked Out which afforded Kevin and Anita Robinson the opportunity to tour almost non-stop in support of it. New to this album is the addition of two more performers who were recently added to their official line up: Evan Railton (Swords, and also joined them in their country rock band Blue Giant) and Corrina Repp a vocalist and songwriter from Portland. It was written, arranged, and recorded in 30 days which reflects the furious pace at which this group tackles any project. They wanted to capture more spontaneity and sonic experimentation on this album and tracks like today’s song “Octavio” with its anthemic beats reflect that urgency and immediacy.
Viva Voce recently performed at the Sasquatch Music Festival and won’t be back to Seattle for awhile. They are currently on tour with fellow Portlanders Cutt Off Yr Hands. They will be playing a homecoming show at The Wonder Ballroom on June 20th to end their tour. Check out their website to get dates and hear about their various escapades on the road. Here’s a conversation they had with DJ Sharlese during Sasquatch: