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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Forever in Armitron” by BOAT from their latest album, Dress Like Your Idols, available from Magic Marker Records.
With the sun peeking out from the clouds and blue skies in the forecast it’s the perfect time for the high energy, narrative-driven power pop Seattle outfit BOAT regularly deliver. Today’s song “Forever in Armitron” immediately grabs you with its catchy hooks and sing-alongable lyrics that reference familiar places. Also familiar are the album covers given the BOAT treatment by D. Crane on the cover of Dress Like Your Ideols. Local heroes Built to Spill, Pearl Jam, The Long Winters, and Elliott Smith are depicted alongside of the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and you start recognizing your own album collection in BOAT’s, and that’s how you know you’ve stumbled into a good thing.
BOAT just had their CD release party at The Tractor and played live on KEXP at the end of March. They are currently wrapping up their “Tour Like Your Idols” series with Creeping Weeds with shows on the East Coast. More info can be found on their website.
In the meantime, here’s BOAT playing “Forever in Armitron” live at The Tractor from their CD release show: