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 “Out of Control” by The Foxymorons from the 2010 self-released album Bible Stories.
The Foxymorons are a happy power-pop duo out of good old boy Mesquite, Texas, and made up of David Dewese and Jerry James. The band’s history stretches back as far as high school when the two friends first began jamming together. It seems that The Foxymorons are just a couple of guys still making the unpretentious pop-punk of my youth. They’re an interesting case, these two -– beginning as far back as they did (starting up in ’94, their first releases in ‘98 and ’99), David and Jerry have lived through a lot of great pop music while making their own. The end result is a group that has stayed true to their sound while at the same time incorporated a good deal of diversity by way of outside musical influences spanning the last 15+ years. The band’s most recent effort, entitled Bible Stories, clearly finds inspiration in everything from Teenage Fan Club to Pavement to Guided by Voices, but what it reminds me most of is an old favorite of mine from my years in California: J Church. Like so many of Lance Hahn’s (RIP) compositions, today’s Song of the day, “Out of Control,” has a quiet confidence that many will find disarming and familiar. Despite its title and lyrics, “Out of Control” is a reserved be-bopper of a tune that jingle-jangles with coming-of-age John Hughesy (also RIP) positivity. Maybe try listening to it in the shower!?
* original video here.