Song of the Day: Frankie Rose and The Outs – Don’t Tred

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 independent recordings from 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 “Don’t Tred” by Frankie Rose and The Outs from the 2010 self-titled album on Slumberland Records.

Frankie Rose and The Outs – Don’t Tred (MP3)

Frankie Rose has been cutting her teeth (and drumsticks) on lo-fi lady noise for years — first and foremost (and most famously I’m sure) as percussionist for an early version of Vivian Girls and later on hitting sticks for both Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts. Following her departure from Crystal Stilts, Rose took the next logical step and put ‘erself together a band of her very own. This time though, Frankie decided to plunk herself down front and center, tethered to a guitar instead of a drum kit. The resulting songs on Frankie Rose and the Outs’ debut release are not so much a departure from her earlier work as they are a distillation of it.

While compositions like “Don’t Tred” remain driven by the darker, fuzz-laden grooves of 60’s era NYC, never before have her skills as a songwriter been thrust this far forward. While many of her previous projects offered glimpses into Rose’s pop closet (as many have already observed, Rose wrote what many consider to be Vivian Girls catchiest song: “Where Do You Run To”), her latest effort solidifies her role as a leader and artistic centerpiece amongst a diverse and talented group of ladies, making a conscious effort to diversify her sound and avoid “another lo-fi noise album.” In her music, you’ll hear everything from the Beach Boys and The Velvet Underground to the Cramps, Billy Childish and Spiritualized floating around, but the great thing for fans of these sounds and Rose’s previous gems is that regardless of how high and wide The Out’s wall of sound might extend, it is Frankie Rose who always has the blueprint.

Since the debut just came out last week, you can expect Frankie and The Outs to travel at some point in the future to promote it. Right now, though, their MySpace page lists shows only on the East Cost and Chicago area. For now, enjoy this Carrie-esque video for “Candy”:

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