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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Edge of Extremes” by Clubfeet from the 2010 album Gold on Gold on Plant Music.
With song titles “Teenage Suicide” and “D.I.E. Yuppie Scum” and a name like theirs, Clubfeet might well have been a SoCal hardcore band from my youth, but while the Melbourne-based trio is indeed stuck in the 80’s, together Sebastian Cohen (vocals, guitar), Yves Roberts (bass), and Monty Cooper (synths) sound more at home with other decade-dipping synth and dream pop bands like Junior Boys, Hot Chip, Fujiya & Miyagi and M83. Today’s Song of the Day, “Edge of Extremes,” immediately sets the tone for Gold on Gold, the band’s debut release, with its slinky bass line, high/low vocal harmony, punchy drumbeat, and unabashed love for nostalgic, danceable pop.
It’s only a matter of time before Clubfeet break out of Australia for U.S. tour, so keep checking their MySpace page for possible dates. For now, check out their cheeky Heathers-referencing single “Teenage Suicide”: