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. Today’s featured selection, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Quiet Wars” by The Captain Shafts on Rainbow Quartz Records.
Normally, Dean Wells, the originator of The Capstan Shafts, has since 1999 carried the musical load of writing music, playing the instruments and recording more than seven LPs in his home, almost in secrecy. Now, after a move from Vermont to West Virginia, his 2010 release, Revelation Skirts, is the first to feature a full band. Fans of Wells’ enigmatic early work needn’t worry as the now five-member ‘Shafts haven’t thrown way his formula for short, punchy lo-fi songs. Today’s featured podcast, “Quiet Wars,” is an album standout that explodes after a very cool intro that reels you in before smacking you in the face with riotous, joyful lyrics and energetic guitar riffs. Just a little musical interpretation of Wells’ movement into full-fledged band, recording studio status.
Having only played a handful of live acts in the past ten years as a band, The Capstan Shafts are finally adding a few more dates to the roster. But for now, you’re most likely to catch them in New York. Check out their MySpace page for more details. In the meantime, watch them play “Quiet Wars” live: