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 “Tame the Sun” by Male Bonding from the 2011 album Endless Now on Sub Pop.
In the spring of 2008, the trio out of London, Male Bonding, came onto the scene by way of a house party live show, self-released a 7″ in the greatest of indie rock DIY fashion, then signed to Sub Pop in July 2009 bringing us their debut, Nothing Hurts, and have been steadily, and raucously, moving forward. Now with their sophomore release, produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr. and Kurt Vile) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studio in New York, the group had an abundance of new instruments to work with — piano, cello, and Mellotron — and used more guitars than they had people to play them, thanks to overdubs. (Guest guitarist Nathan Cheetahs helps fill in during live shows.) Male Bonding is Kevin Hendrick playing bass and vocals, Robin Silas Christian on drums, and John Arthur Webb playing guitar and vocals, and they open Endless Now with the enthusiastic, grunge inspired pop tune “Tame the Sun.” There is nothing moody or melancholy about today’s song, which is rife with melodic guitar licks, rebellious noise, hints of 90’s pop-punk and just enough lo-fi glaze to please the shoegaze lover.
The supporting tour for Endless Now is just being hatched, so be sure to check their website and MySpace page for upcoming shows in your town, and for now check out the video trailer for the new album: