Song of the Day: Golden Triangle – Death to Fame


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 “Death to Fame” by Golden Triangle from their 2010 album Double Jointer on Hardly Art Records.

Golden Triangle – Death to Fame (MP3)

Brooklyn’s Golden Triangle aren’t the first NY band to use the fuzzed out garage/pop formula, but none of them seem to do it quite like this wild six-piece. Sure, it’s no surprise they play extremely well alongside bands like Woods and Vivian Girls, but where those bands may lean more toward pop, Golden Triangle definitely rely more on garage. Their formula? A mixture of punk-rock, garage-rock, scuzz-pop, and 60’s psychedelia, along with the great harmonized sounds of female co-vocalists Vashti Windish and Carly Rabalais. Our featured song has some great guitar work, but it’s also a great example of their retro sound — in this case more like something released in 1969 than 2010. Signed to Sub Pop’s Hardly Art label, the band seem a perfect fit to make their own mark on this crowded genre; they just plan on doing it with their well-known explosive live show, a little bit of reverb, and a whole lot of attitude. ThinkĀ We’ve got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It meets the Vivian Girls and the B-52’s and you might be somewhere close.

Look out for their single “Cinco De Mayo” on the commercial for the new BMW 3-Series. The band is also currently on tour. You can find out more about Golden Triangle on their website and listen to additional tracks on their MySpace page. Enjoy this new video for “Neon Noose,” the first single from Double Jointer:

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