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 offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Ghost and the Witness” by Earl Greyhound from their 2010 album Suspicious Package on Hawk Race Records.
Don’t let the gentle name fool you. New York’s Early Greyhound kind of look like Sly and the Family Stone meets Wolfmother; their music isn’t too far off either. No East Coast experimental noise project or fuzzed out pop band here, Earl Greyhound is all about rockin’ guitar licks and fantastic soul vocals. For their sophomore album, Suspicious Package, the band has taken cues from just about every great rock influence under the sun, enough so that they might leave you wondering “where have I heard this before?” The new album was produced by Dave Schiffman (Red Hot Chili Peppers/System of a Down) so it’s no surprise it’s got a bit of an “edge” to it. Thankfully, The 60’s and 70’s blues/rock vibe is still there and they do their best impression of something you might find in your parents old prog-rock vinyl collection. Throwback might be a better word for their style and our featured song is easily one of the best old rock songs you’ve never heard. If your parents didn’t listen to good music when you were a kid, give this a listen.
You can read more about Earl Greyhound on their website or listen to them on MySpace page. The band is currently on tour and scheduled to play at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on 5/28. Unfortunately, for now, that’s the closest they’re going to get to Seattle. Enjoy this video for the song “Shotgun” from their new album: