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 “Cool Vapors” by Jacuzzi Boys from their 2011 album, Glazin’, on Hardly Art.
Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys‘ name may make them sound like a dancehall or lounge act, but this young trio is planted firmly in 60’s lo-fi garage rock. While they might be mistaken for a mid-century transplant, the Floridians are most definitely a product of the 21st century. Formed in 2007 as a duo, they soon brought a bassist on board to round out their sound, and before long caught the attention of labels in the Orlando area. Their first full-length on that label, No Seasons, was released in 2009 to favorable reviews and an endorsement from punk legend Iggy Pop, which led to the band’s subsequent pickup by indie label Hardly Art. Their follow-up, Glazin’, was released earlier this month and features all the hallmarks of their sound: rough, sloppily catchy guitar licks, pounding percussion, and a rip-roaring bass that would be the perfect soundtrack to your next summer BBQ.
Check out the video for “Smells Dead” below. The Jacuzzi Boys will be in town on October 7th at the Funhouse. Until then, like their Facebook page, check out their website, and watch this video from the 2011 Bruise Cruise, a 3-day rock ‘n’ roll vacation: