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 “Every Little Bit Hurts” by Title Tracks from their 2010 album It Was Easy on Ernest Jenning Record Co.
Title Tracks is the solo project of Washington, D.C., native John Davis. Some people may be more familiar with his work in bands like Q And Not U and Georgie James; however, it was the eventual splitting of these groups that led to his recent solo career. His past experience as a drummer, guitarist, and singer definitely made it an easy transition, and other than a few minor guest spots, John plays all of the instruments himself on the new album, It Was Easy. For live shows, John enlists the help of drummer Andrew Black, guitarist Nick Anderson, and Michael Cotterman on bass. Davis brings a unique energy to the indie genre, and despite most of it being written in 2008, the music has a modern feel. And even though there are definitely punk undertones here, it lacks the brutal hardcore style you’d expect from a guy with Davis’ repertoire or a “punk” band in D.C. Today’s selection – “Every Little Bit Hurts” is a great sample that will leave you wanting more; think Elvis Costello meets The Byrds. What’s not to like?
Title Tracks just finished a tour and are about to hit the road again with Ted Leo. The band will be making a few appearances at SXSW, including a spot on our broadcast at Gibson showroom in Austin. Title Tracks is scheduled to play LIVE on KEXP tomorrow, Wednesday, March 17th, at 7:30 PM. Tune in!