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 from local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards is “A Mind I Knew” by Suckers from the 2010 album Wild Smile on Frenchkiss Records.
There’s something strangely familiar about this band. Maybe it’s the company they keep or the fact that they happen to sound like all of your favorite bands all wrapped up into one. It’s true, they’ve played alongside great bands like Yeasayer, MGMT, Bear in Heaven to name just a few, so maybe there’s something to the company they keep. In just a couple short years, the band has progressed from just another whispered about NY project, into a talked about band on the rise. Their mix of tribal drums and lead vocalist Quinn Walker’s Byrne-esque vocals are a perfect match for the variety of textures and sounds of the band. Sure, they sound a bit like Yeasayer (they’ve worked extensively with their producer, Anand Wilder), but in a world where imitation is a form of flattery, that’s not such a bad thing. Wild Smile is the perfect title for this crazy twist-turn of an album and a more complete follow-up to their debut EP. Fans of the “less boring” parts of Yeasayer and MGMT should definitely give this a listen.
Suckers performed live on KEXP recently from the Cutting Room Studios NYC. You can listen to the session here. You can listen to additional Suckers tracks on their MySpace page or their website. The band is currently touring with Menomena and is scheduled to play at The Showbox in Seattle on September 10th.
Here is a video of the band performing our featured song “A Mind I Knew” at SXSW 2010: