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, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards is “Ancestors” by Throw Me The Statue from their forthcoming album Creaturesque available on Secretly Canadian.
This week, Seattle band Throw Me The Statue (rumored to have gotten their name from the 1984 film Romancing the Stone) offer up a new track from their forthcoming album, Creaturesque, which hits stores August 4th. Since the group expanded from a solo project of frontman Scott Reithermanto a quartet last year with the Purpleface EP, they have been building their sound and their fanbase. Their latest effort was produced by TMTS and legendary Seattle producer Phil Ek (Built to Spill, Modest Mouse, etc.). Today’s song, “Ancestors,” continues their brand of lo-fiindie pop with fuzzy guitars but has a decidedly less upbeat feel than Moonbeams, but still has the danceable beat and infectious melodies that TMTS fans will appreciate. One funny thing to note while doing some “what have they been up to research”: I found out that Throw Me The Statue and other artists like Apostle of Hustle, The Long Winters, Panda & Angel, and the Pale Pacific are contributing covers to a Huey Lewis & the News (yes, dad rock at its best) tribute album. TMTS has their cover of “If This Is It” up on their MySpace page. Also, Stereogum has some tracks from the album if you do a bit of searching.
Throw Me The Statue just played in Seattle last night as part of the Noise for the Needy benefit and don’t have any more Seattle dates scheduled at this time, but they are heading south to Portland for a gig at Mississippi Studios on June 24th with Here We Go Magic. For now, here’s a very special acoustic performance at the Reverb Festival last fall: