Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of 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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Made Up Of Tiny Lights” by We All Have Hooks For Hands from their 2009 album The Shape Of Energy on Afternoon Records.
Like the perfect caramel latte made by a true coffee-drinking, non-Star Bucks Seattle barista, low-key indie pop band We All Have Hooks For Hands is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. With their soon-to-be released third album The Shape Of Energy, the sextet maintains their distinct stripped-down sound (probably influenced from growing up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) while upping their off-kilter musical voltage.
The album’s third track, “Made Up Of Tiny Lights,” is a perfect example of the delicate balance between brash and beautiful. Opening with uppity bop guitar, Eli Show cuts in almost immediately with his whiny, wailing voice, throwing off what would have been a simple and sweet tune. With the introduction of rolling drums and epic keyboard, the song shifts from a melodic simmer to an uncontrollable boil. Between the overwhelming vocals, nearly detuning guitar riffs and overall instrumental brawl, there are times when the song feels on the brink of structural catastrophe. Yet, some way or some how, the young brutes are able to contain the monstrous madness insides themselves, bringing the song back down to a fantastic, victorious stability.
Whether you’re hooked or not, We All Have Hooks For Hands is definitely worth seeing live. In addition to a KEXP in-studio performance on December 8 at noon, these bad boys will be playing Nuemos later that night. To get a hold of their latest album before it hits stores November 17, or learn more about these DIY boys, check out Afternoon Records. For now, enjoy and take in the homemade, in-studio video of “Made Up Of Tiny Lights”: