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 Afternoon Show Host Kevin Cole, is “These Times” by Stag from their new self-released album, These Times Are for All of Us.
Today’s song is a tasty treat of a power-pop variety from a local all-star band. Stag got together only a few months ago but already have an EP under their belt and one recorded by local producing legend Jack Endino to boot. It’s no surprise that Endino became a part of the project considering the members are made up some of the who’s who of the 90’s Seattle music scene including songwriter Ben London (Alcohol Funnycar, Sanford Arms); Steve Mack, who spent some time in London and Dublin (That Petrol Emotion) as well as Seattle (Anodyne); Pete Everett, who broke teeth in Minneapolis (Tuffy) before joining Seattle’s The Mellors; Rob Dent, drummer extraordinaire for Jackie on Acid, Kingsly, and Sanford Arms; and Lincoln Barr, the singer/songwriter behind Red Jacket Mine. With that much talent on hand, it’s no surprise this incarnation know how to craft a fine tune. Today’s featured song could be the love child of Cheap Trick and Guided by Voices. It quickly seeps into your subconscious and takes hold. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up on a future version of Guitar Hero in the future. But for now, you’ll have to be satisfied with some serious power-chord driven air guitar windmills. That’s cool too.
Songwriter Ben London had this to say about the EP:
I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the 24-hour news cycle. I thought to myself that people are always waiting for someone else to find a solution for their problems because they feel like they can’t be an advocate for themselves. “These Times Are For All of Us” is a battle cry for people to take an active role in their own future because these times are for all of us.
Stag plan to spend some more time in the studio with Endio next month. They do have a show at the Gibson Showroom on the 16th of December and one coming up at Darryll’s in Shoreline as part of the Stag-curated “Rock-n-Roll Circus,” which they put on monthly at the unassuming bar on Aurora, next to an ice rink. Get your skate-on, then get your rock-on January 22nd! More details and info can be found on either their MySpace or Facebook pages.
Here they are performing “These Times Are For All Of Us” live from the most recent Rock-n-Roll Circus: