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 “More Like Them” by Lydia Loveless from the 2011 album Indestructible Machine on Bloodshot Records.
Lydia Loveless was farm raised in a small Ohioan town among the country music blaring at her dad’s bar. An upbringing was littered with country music, and country musicians, Loveless is bred with the insight to a rough and tumble, heartbreaking, hard drinking kind of world. Said small hometown changed to the big city of Columbus, where she enhanced her musical prowess and infused it with a little punk rock.
Lydia Loveless at the ripe age of 21 knows how to dig deep to create a vast atmosphere of lyrical clout, and the soulful-beyond-her-years pipes make up for what she lacks in life experience. Today’s featured song, “More Like Them,” for instance, is a country song charged with angst. In it, Loveless is reclusive: “I heard there was a party tonight. I probably wont go, but thanks for the invite/ ’cause i’d rather stay home and drink gallons of wine.” She exhibits a tough exterior and a tough interior. With lines like, “Why can’t I be more like them / the kind of people who feel sad when relationships end,” she recognizes a feeling of being alienated from the pack, yet shows not an ounce of remorse because she is surrounded by the dregs of boyfriends… and she realizes she doesn’t need ‘em. Like her name implies, Loveless embodies a rebellious, brass-knuckled, hard-drinking attitude usually found in singers easily twice her age.
Catch Lydia Loveless live in Seattle this coming Monday, November 7, at The Sunset Tavern. She’ll also be performing live on KEXP at 11am that same day. The rest of her tour dates can be found here. Until next Monday, check out this in-store performance of today’s song at Shake It Records last month: