Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 is “Everyday” by Twin Tigers from the 2010 album Gray Waves on Old Flame.
If Athens, Georgia, band Twin Tigers was a meteorological phenomena, they’d be a tropical cyclone. With a low-pressure shoegaze core, and plenty of thunderous feedback, the four-piece will knock you over and drench you in wonder. Their new album, Gray Waves, features the same universe-expanding noise and neo-psychedelia as their debut EP, Curious Faces/Violet Future, but with more epic airiness of what is lyrically a “true story.”
Matthew Rain (singer/guitarist) and Aimee Morris (bassist) remain the band’s vertebrae in sound and structure. The two met while waiting tables and formed Twin Tigers in the winter of 2007. A few months of basement song writing is all it took before the two (along with past members Enoch Bledsoe and Richard Young) cranked out their debut and played their first show in December 2007. After some rearranging, Forrest Hall and Doug Crump completed the final lineup, and the four member noise machine set off to tour, hitting up 40 out of the 50 states with bands like Deerhunter, Minus the Bear, and A Place To Bury Strangers.
“Everyday” shows off the quartet’s softer and more polished side. Rain immediately opens with his sugar-sweetened black coffee of a voice, crooning in romance, “I’ll take my time with you. Everyday, with you.” Upbeat guitar matches his starry-eyed state, and then again when he suddenly shifts to bitter aggravation. Low reverbed-strings enfold his voice as he flares, “What was that about?! Too much noise? Destroyed the joy!” Drums and guitar come back full fold to the song’s infatuated beginning, leaving the lingering taste of a stinging relationship.
Twin Tigers are playing SXSW in Austin, Texas March 17-20. In the meanwhile, here’s a super raw, lo-fi video of Twin Tigers performing “Everyday” in the lobby of WUOG 90.5 FM, the all-volunteer student radio of The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia: