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 featured selection, chosen by Midday Show Host Cheryl Waters, is “The Youth Die Young” by Mad Rad available from Out For Stardom Records.
Mad Rad hit the Seattle hip-hop scene in 2007 and quickly became as famous for their off-stage antics (that got them barred from several venues), as for their high energy performances that packed houses all over town. Any quick search on the band will bring up a tally of past misdeeds, but what is not immediately apparent is how they have rechanneled their energy into their music. They are on the eve of releasing their sophomore effort, The Youth Die Young, which retains the sweet beats and charisma of their first album, White Gold, yet shows their growing sophistication as musicians. Today’s song, the title track off the new album, is synth-laden with soaring grooves and melodies that balance out the intense lyrics that give the feeling of danger simmering just below the surface.
The Youth Die Young hits stores on Tuesday and they have their CD release show at Neumos on Dec. 3rd w/ Champagne Champagne — who will also be joining them on several other dates around the region. More info on their Myspace page or on their website. Also, catch them LIVE on KEXP on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters at 12PM this coming Tuesday!
Here they are performing “Party Mountain” earlier this year at the Capitol Hill Block Party: