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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Hearts Are Down” by The Beauties from their 2010 self-titled album on Six Shooter Records.
Today’s song of the day, in honor of Canada Day, The Beauties out of Toronto. The Beauties represent the Canadian music scene a little too well, sharing a kinship with The Dakota Tavern a rootsy, locals only venue. In fact, it’s where they formed, during a laid back Sunday night jam session. And more so: one of the vocalist and guitar players, Shawn Creamer, is part owner of the tavern. Along with Darin McConnell, Jud Ruhl, Paul Phisterer and Derek Downham, they play some kick-ass roots rock.
Their self-titled debut just arrived from Toronto label Six Shooter Records, home also to the beloved Elliott Brood. “Hearts Are Down” shows a sweeter side of the album, which has its share of raucous bar room romps. With rolling guitar licks that seem to perk up with every intricate detail and highlight the soothingly raspy vocals the song invokes an immediate need to give it a second listen.
You’ll have to travel to Toronto to see The Beauties perform live in the near future, but check in on their Myspace page for changes. For now, here are The Beauties with a live performance of M. Ward’s “Sad, Sad Song”: