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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is from the 2010 album Pyramid of the Sun on Temporary Residence Ltd.
It was nearly a year ago to the day that Jerry Fuchs tragically fell to his death after finding himself trapped in a Williamsburg, New York, elevator. Gearhardt “Jerry” Fuchs was an extremely gifted percussionist that lent his sticking to a multitude of bands including !!!, LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean and, of course, Maserati. At the time of his death, Fuchs and Maserati had been recording quite a bit -- the result of which, Pyramid of the Sun, will officially hit shelves next Tuesday, November 9th. Over the course of this last year, Fuchs’ bandmates Coley Dennis, Matt Cherry and Chris McNeal finished their fifth LP with the sort of due diligence afforded to a eulogy. Recorded with EriK Wofford (Black Angels) and featuring contributions from Steve Moore of Zombi, the album works double-duty: paying homage to Maserati’s fallen soldier while solidifying the band as one of Athens, Georgia’s greatest exports.
Despite its driving post-rock brilliance, listening to Pyramid of the Sun will likely find fans feeling a little disappointed. Not with Maserati -- this album will melt your face -- but just with the fact that all good things come to an end and this drummer’s end came way too soon. Listening to tracks like today’s “We’ve Got The System To Fight The System,” you just can’t help but wonder what a Fuchs fueled Maserati (and other bands for that matter) could’ve eventually unleashed upon the world. Maserati is like a movie – its ebb and flow coaxes images and story arcs from recesses of one’s mind. “We’ve Got The System...” and Pyramid of the Sun illustrate the type of ingenuity, raw talent and balls required to toss off conventional song structures and make something truly unique. This is art for the ears.
R.I.P., Jerry. You played the shit outta the drums, made some wonderfully goose-bump inducing music and seemed like a pretty rad guy.
As for Maserati, they’ve continued on, playing it day by day, and are now looking to at least the immediate future with a U.S. tour beginning in a couple of weeks, and a European tour to follow. Find out more on their website. For now here they are playing today’s featured song, then untitled, from March 2009, live at The Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta: