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 Morning Show host John Richards, is “Feel Good Together” by Drummer from their 2009 album, Feel Good Together, on Audio Eagle Records.
Patrick Carney isn’t about to let bandmate Dan Auerbach have all the fun. While the other half of the Akron, Ohio, duo The Black Keys pursues a solo tour, Carney himself is touring with his own offshoot called Drummer. So named because all members have manned the skins in other bands, Drummer is an amalgam of members of Beaten Awake, The Six Parts Seven, Hydra, Ghostman and Sandman, and The Black Keys and while each member is a drummer by trade, don’t be misled into thinking that this is an entirely percussive affair. As it turns out, only one man claims the throne in this act and the rest fill in the gaps on keys, guitars, bass and vocals.
The title track from their debut LP, Feel Good Together, swirls a scale-meandering riff together with atmospheric keys and hollowed out vocals in a way that creates a skeleton of a song with some real meat on it. The track keeps an upbeat tempo with a plucky synth melody to pair with the guitar and a jaunty snare driven beat to continually kick the song along. All of these elements do their part to create a sincere pop morsel that doesn’t hit too sweet or leave you feeling unsatisfied and repeated listens aren’t unwarranted as you try to pinpoint the moments the song shifts from uplifting and optimistic to decidedly melancholy in the most subtle ways.
Drummer is on an extensive US tour that will take them all over the country with dates in Philadelphia (10/9), New York City (10/10), Atlanta (10/16), and Cleveland (10/24). Following a month off from touring life, they will pick back up with a run up the west coast which concludes her in Seattle at Neumo’s on December 8th. Check their MySpace page for more information. There’s no video for the band’s single and today’s Song of the Day just yet, but they’re working on an animated video now, and in it, the cast of drummers will look something like this: