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 “New Bones” by So Many Dynamos from the 2009 album The Loud Wars on Vagrant Records.
Since last we featured So Many Dynamos, the palindromic rockists recorded their third LP, The Loud Wars. The record, two years in the making, features the distinctively D.C.-influenced dance punk number “New Bones” along with its Weezer-inspired remaining nine tracks.
Lyrically, “New Bones” is a constant push and pull between possibilities and personal declaration. Each verse is just as full of introductory “ifs” as it is “I’s”. Sonically, the backbeat is a constant cadence of synth bass paired with a stop-go kick and snare beat. The guitar driven melodies are short cuts of two measures or less, all of them fighting for your attention and coming together in a jigsaw glued together with vocalist Aaron Stovall’s sternly delivered confrontations.
Unfortunately, this is another band you just missed in town, unless you were wise enough to catch them at the Vera Project on 7/13. They are currently on tour in the Southeast US and look to wrap up the trip in their home state of Illinois at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago this weekend. For more information and touring updates, check out their website, MySpace page, and touring/recording blog. Fortunately, they did perform live on KEXP and you can check out a few videos from their in-studio session here: