Live Video: BOAT

photo by Christopher Nelson

photo by Christopher Nelson (more here)

It’s hard to think of a Northwest band that does smart, quirky and ultimately dancy indie pop better than Seattle’s BOAT. Although lead songwriter, singer and guitarist D. Crane often claims to be just barely above the functioning level of the sixth-graders he teaches, BOAT’s lyrics are clever enough to be favorably compared to Pavement and They Might Be Giants. Their true gift, though, resides in the peppy “post-twee” guitar rock song structures that are so catchy they make the lyrics almost incidental.

Recently, the band performed five hook-laden songs from their latest effort, 2009’s Setting the Paces (Magic Marker), live in the KEXP studio. Check ‘em out here:

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  1. Baby David
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    YEAH!!!! I love Boat!

  2. Posted January 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I’m really enjoying this band! Thanks for, as usual, bringing awesome music to my attention. Also, kudos to the camera-people on those videos, way to make a simple in-studio session look professional and artistic, while still capturing all of the (abundant, ti seems) energy of this band and maintaining a personal feel. It makes the music seem that much better.

  3. Zach, KEXP
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, KEXP video crew!

  4. Chris
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I like BOAT alot but cant seem to find any of their music anywhere.

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