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 “Victory Song” by Scott H. Biram from the 2011 album Bad Ingredients on Bloodshot Records.
Before escaping death in 2003 after his pickup was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler, Scott H. Biram was known around Austin, Texas for his rowdy, one-man live shows that featured heavy helpings of his signature brand of lo-fi garage blues that one can imagine provided the soundtrack for many a bar brawl, or at least for some hard whiskey drinking and foot-stomping. Biram recorded his music independently, but after playing a show with his ass in a wheelchair and his arm hooked up to an I.V. mere weeks after his near-fatal car accident, the buzz began to build and in 2004 he signed with the Chicago-based Bloodshot Records. Since then, Biram has released four albums of his unique blend of blues, country, bluegrass, and punk, the most recent being Bad Ingredients, which was released on October 11.
The 37-year-old Biram is a rogue Texas spirit, accompanied only by his experiences and the influence of his myriad musical forebearers – he is an only child, plays by himself on stage, and is going to do and play whatever he feels like. His music is generally raucous and electrified, but can also be tender and countrified, with Biram forlornly signing of drinking, smoking, and the women that his vices – or “bad ingredients,” if you will – get in the way of. At it’s most rollicking, his voice is usually distorted in one way or another, but on these slower numbers, his one-of-a-kind Southern drawl is emphasized and he sounds like he’s juggling the words in his mouth with a sizable plug of chewing tobacco. One way or another, Biram does what he wants, plays what he wants, and couldn’t care less what you have to say about it. In fact, in a recent interview with the Austin Chronicle, Biram noted that the “H” in his name happens to stand for “fuck you.”
Scott H. Biram is currently touring, and will be at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle on November 16 — and Live at KEXP at 4PM that same day! Be sure to tune in! For more tour info, click here. Below is Biram’s video for “I Want My Mojo Back,” from Bad Ingredients: