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, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Love or Loneliness” by Math and Physics Club from the 2010 album I Shouldn’t Look As Good As I Do on Matinée Recordings.
It was the summer of 2004 when Ethan Jones, Sundrah Humphrey and Kevin Emerson joined Charles Bert and James Werle to continue what had started as a basement project. Math and Physics Club formed in Seattle and quickly gained recognition due to its twee and 80’s indie-pop revival sound that reminded many listeners of The Smiths, Stone Roses and R.E.M. Matinée Recordings soon picked up the band, put out their first release (and each one afterwards), and put them on a mini-tour with their new similar sounding labelmates The Lucksmiths.
In Seattle, Math and Physics Club also attracted attention from KEXP’s DJs, who were spinning their songs frequently, and their fanbase grew with successful appearances at Sasquatch! Music Festival and Bumbershoot, also in 2005. The next year, their debut self-titled album was released to favorable reviews from Pitchfork Media and was awarded Best Indie Pop Album by PopMatters. After a short break, since the release of their 2007 EP, Baby I’m Yours, Math and Physics Club is back with a second album, I Shouldn’t Look As Good As I Do, which comes loaded with more of their particular brand of delicious twee pop and shimmering melodies that go perfectly with the summer weather. Today’s featured song, “Love or Loneliness,” keeps an infectious beat underneath lively strumming and jangling guitars, yet vocalist Charles Bert’s lyrics convey a sadder scene of the singer confused about the intentions of his lover.
A few weeks back, Math and Physics Club performed their CD release party at The Crocodile. No new shows are listed on their official website or MySpace page, but they’ll no doubt be playing again soon enough for now, here is a video for the song “La La La Lisa”, recorded for Matinée Records 10th Anniversary Party: