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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Dystopic Vision” by Fungi Girls from the 2009 album Seafaring Pyramids on Play Pinball! Records.
Coming from suburban Texas without a hint of irony and with all the gusto and hopefulness that goes along with being a teenager, Fungi Girls seem to have it all figured out — that is, a figured out sound with a figured out style and a whole album to prove it. On their debut LP, Seafaring Pyramids, the band hopes to prove that growing up in 2009 isn’t all that different than it was in 1989 as they draw heavily from The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Sonics to craft this velvety lo-fi record.
On the single “Dystopic Vision”, guitarist Jacob Bruce’s tone is washed out and in the next room with Skyler Salinas’ non-stop drum cadence sitting in the hallway. The clearest parts of the song reside in the vocals as Bruce paints the heartbreak of being sixteen. “The worst feeling ever felt,” he says. It’s probably the truth.
Fungi Girls don’t have any current tour dates posted but their MySpace page leads you to believe that you’re a pretty lucky fan if you live in Denton or the DFW area. If the excitement surrounding this band’s debut is any indication, though, you can expect to see the group branching out across the country in 2010.