Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, 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 “Last Legs” by Army Navy from the 2011 album The Last Place on The Fever Zone.
Army Navy is the brainchild of Justin Kennedy, who grew up playing with Ben Gibbard in Pinwheel. Following that group’s split, Kennedy relocated to LA to focus on his own talents, and began assembling band members. In 2008, the band’s debut dropped to rave reviews, with critics lauding the band’s unique, bouncy indie pop. The band also earned recognition with a soundtrack spot on the film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, an invitation to Conan O’Brien’s Tonight Show, and tours opening for Arctic Monkeys, Cut Copy, and The Dodos.
The group entered 2010 with a hefty helping of material, most of which makes up their self-financed second album The Last Place. Producer Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) adds a helping hand to the band’s already solid recording process, and nowhere is it more evident on “Last Legs,” a heartfelt but carefree romp through indie rock that shows the band’s personal investment in their music.
Experience more Army Navy below, with the music video for “Saints”: