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 “A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World” by The Globes from their 2011 release Future Self on Barsuk Records.
Spokane quartet The Globes may be green around the gills as humans on earth, but together they’ve put forth an impressive full-length debut for Barsuk Records. Future Self, an Atlasian collection of dark, angsty post rock tunes that have a strong driving rhythm.They use standard instruments in an unusual way creating layers of texture and melodies in ways that defy expectations but still remain accessible. Today’s song “A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World” is slow burning yet wildly intense in places and feature vocals that tinder on the brink of detached. Co-vocalist and writer Kyle Musselwhite shared a little insight into today’s song and what makes them tick as a group.
You guys have known each other and been a band since high school right? What initially drew you to one another?
Erik and Marcus met in Junior High (they’re approaching a ten year anniversary). Most of us played in the school band doing percussion, wind ensemble, jazz band, stuff like that. We were all really interested in the possibilities of music. What tied us together was the excitement of writing our own tunes. We couldn’t stop. Our first songs as a band were all like 7 minutes long cause it was so damn fun. But now we hate music, so we’re shooting for a new standard, 1.5 minute songs.
What can you tell me about “A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World?”
The song is about a young person stepping up to the plate and realizing that the plate is too big, or he/she is too small. Tough shit.
Kyle, you and Erik are the main writers, correct? What’s your typical songwriting process?
Correct, but we don’t take credit for what happens as the band. Typically, we have song ideas and some words to match. The band steps in for arranging, which can be a lengthy process, depending on how agreeable everyone is feeling.
Where do you draw your inspiration does it typically start with the lyrics or the melodies?
Inspiration starts with mood, then all the other crap follows. Songwriters have a hard time with their work for this reason. You start with something pure and then it all goes to hell once you start trying to do anything with it. It’s frustrating. But rewarding. But also frustrating.
The Globes’ Future Self hit stores earlier this week but you can check them out at a free in-store performance at Sonic Boom in Ballard on 5/18 and listen to them live on KEXP the same day at 12PM.. Or, if you’re part of the horde heading to the Gorge at the end of the month, they are playing Sasquatch on 5/28. More details and info on their Myspace page. For now, here they are playing “A Stitch Couldn’t Save the World” a year ago at the Healthy Times Fun Club: