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 deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “No Way” by Kunk from their 2009 single No Way/Game Over on Plastic Sun Records.
Kunk are a wonderfully loud 3-piece from Norwich, who play amped-up versions of rock songs influenced by some of their favorite bands. Sounding somewhere between The Subways, The Pixies, and Mclusky; brothers James and Wayne Davey, Hannah Veale, and drummer Ritchie Hurren do a great job modernizing their fantastic Brit-Rock sound, without screaming to get their point across like some of their American counterparts. From their double A-side single No Way/Game Over, today’s selection is full of head-banging riffs and punishing drums, but there’s also some unexpected male/female vocal exchanges and well timed harmonies thrown in for good measure. Just enough twists to make it difficult to define a genre, but we’d say it sounds more Punk Rock than Indie Rock and in a good way. If you’re looking for something to jump around to, this just might do the trick. With a full-length expected out this year, we’ll definitely be keeping our ears open for more Kunk.
The band is currently on a lengthy UK Tour. You can find tour dates and listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page or on their website. Here is a little taste of what this band is all about. Recorded at Tommy Fynn’s in Camden.