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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Movers Shakers Makers” by The Redwood Plan off their second EP Movers Shakers Makers on Fish the Cat Records.
Last time we checked in with The Redwood Plan they had just released their self-titled EP to much acclaim and have since become part of our summer soundtrack here at KEXP. Now with the release of their latest EP and a full-length due out by the end of the year, you will be hard pressed to remain ignorant about this buzz-worthy band made up of seasoned Seattle music veterans from Ms. Led, H is for Hellgate amongst others. They have been gaining a reputation from their high-energy live shows as one of the hottest bands to catch in person due in part to their charismatic front-person Lesli Wood (Ms. Led) who plays multiple instruments (often at the same time) and never stops moving for a moment. I got the opportunity to chat with Lesli about the project and what’s in-store for them next.
How did The Redwood Plan come together and what was the inspiration for the name?
The Redwood Plan began (and remained) friends getting together to make music for fun. We’ve been so lucky in that we’re all really, really good friends and honestly have spent a good majority of time laughing our asses off. The inspiration for the name came from a series of conversations over drinks at various bars, but I wouldn’t deny that time spent enjoying sliders at the Redwood may have been involved.
Have there been any surprising reactions amongst Ms. Led fans? Do they seem to be on board with what you’re doing with The Redwood Plan?
I wouldn’t say there’s been a surprising reaction. The Redwood Plan is different from Ms. Led – some people prefer one to other and some people like both. I definitely didn’t want this band to be “Ms. Led 2” and so I would understand if some people who were into the rock style of Ms. Led may not be into the danciness of The Redwood Plan and vice versa.
Are you guys planning on releasing a full-length album anytime soon or are you liking the EP format?
YES! On both. We’ve been liking the EP format for sure but we’ll be finishing up a full length with Martin Feveyear (The Blakes, Siberian, Ms. Led, Kings of Leon) in September. It will be released by the end of the year.
How do you guys put your songs together? Is there a primary songwriter or do you guys work pretty collaboratively?
We do write the majority of the songs collaboratively, but each of the songs started out with someone bringing in some kind of riff. Some songs started out with Jamie Hellgate’s bass riffs (Je Suis Romantique, A Side). Other songs started out with Betty and I just throwing ideas around on a Saturday afternoon (Swing, How the Game is Played). Others just came from Sydney, Betty, and I brainstorming at the practice space (Tension in the Seconds, The Take). Honestly, Movers Shakers Makers was written when I first brought home my Micro Korg and just wanted to see what cool sounds were on it. I called Betty and said, “wow, listen to what my keyboard can do!” and I wrote the basis of the song in a matter of minutes.
Finally, can you tell me a little about today’s song “Movers Shakers Makers?” What’s this song about?
Movers Shakers Makers is about the concept that we all have the ability to do what we want, to make ourselves happy, that we’re all in control of our lives. People spend so much time second-guessing themselves that they’ll end up not making any move at all. I am absolutely of the thought that you should go into everything full throttle at all times. It’s the only way to get things done.
If you haven’t seen this group before, put it on your to-do list! Seattle audiences are quite famous for being quite reticent on the dance floor but having witnessed it first-hand, I can tell you it is quite impossible to resist their infectious grooves and you will be moving and shaking. You can check them out at Ear Candy’s Bumbershoot Bash at The High Dive on 9/4. They will also be part of the REVERB Festival on 10/3. Other dates are listed on their MySpace page. In the meantime, here’s Lesli and crew at The Crocodile earlier this month performing today’s Song of the Day: