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 “Pike City Proper” by Wormburner.
From the 2010 release from Dive Records, Placed By The Gideons is Wormburner’s second release. The Hoboken, New Jersey, band is a little green and underground, but still lauded as a great band to see live in the New York City area. They got a start recording their debut A Heroes Welcome in Virginia with producer, Dave Lowery , formerly of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, but for their sophomore release operations moved to New Jersey. Home of the working class hero, the Wormburner’s influences shine through on the latest record. Narrative rock like The Hold Steady, Tom Petty, the “Boss” naturally, and mixing with a folksy storytelling approach.
Placed By the Gideons is a narrative album through the eyes of fugitives on the run. “Pike City Proper” refers to the dirty dealings that instigated the running to begin with, an important piece of the red thread throughout the album. Wormburner is a badass name, yet actually refers to a golf term for a shot that never gets more than a few feet off the ground, while maintaining decent distance. Just like someone on the run, lay low, but go far. Or, it could be a self deprecating metaphor for their musical future.
Frontman Steve Henry isn’t much of a singer on today’s song of the day, he speaks the lyrics in a Minutemen /The Hold Steady kind of way. The album is a testament to life on the road, the people responsible for placing bibles in hotel nightstands, with a fugitive grit.
Since a tour doesn’t seem to be in the works right now for Wormburner, at least according to their MySpace page, enjoy the video of “Interstate,” track one off the album, and what is said to be a great song to see live: