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 selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Dare” by The Mary Onettes from their 2009 EP Islands on Labrador Records.
Ever hear someone say, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it”? Swedish band The Mary Onettes just might be saying the same thing. Blame it on unrealized potential or just pure stubbornness, The Mary Onettes seem to have taken the road less traveled on their path to music stardom. In and out of record deals and popularity, it wasn’t until the band recorded their own EP that things began to really take off. Their pairing with Swedish label Labrador Records has been a match made in heaven and finally given the band a proper home. Their music is a soothingly familiar mix of popular UK influences like The Cure and The Stone Roses, made all that much warmer with a little Swedish touch. This time of year it’s just about as cold in Seattle as it is in Jönköping; today’s Song of the Day will take you back and cheer you up no matter what the temperature.
The band just wrapped up a bunch of show dates in Europe and the US. Read more about this fantastic band on their new website or listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page. For now, here’s a video for “Puzzles,” also off the new album: