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 Cheryl Waters, is “Replicate” by Disappears from the 2012 album Pre Language on Kranky Records.
After Chicago band Disappears released their 2011 EP, Guider, a stunning six-track exercise in minimalist, reverb-laden psychedelia, founding drummer Graeme Gibson decided to leave the band, citing the need to — what else — “pursue other opportunities.” Enter Steve Shelley, the long-time drummer for Sonic Youth, a band that Disappear’s frontman Brain Case and his band mates certainly have taken a few cues from since their formation in 2008. The connection was made when they recorded a single with Shelley and White/Light in 2010, and with the indie rock veteran now a bona-fide band member, Disappears toured extensively in 2011 in an effort to properly usher Shelley into the fold and tighten up their sound. Later in the year they visited Sonic Youth’s own Echo Canyon West studio in New Jersey along with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Black Mountain) to record Pre Language, their second full-length album and first recording with Shelley wielding the sticks. The album (released on February 27 by Chicago label Kranky) might be their most accessible yet, blending Case’s robotic, Kraut-sounding vocals and instrumentation that can be sparse and plodding one minute, and guitar-centric, swirling, and heavily distorted the next. Today’s featured song, “Replicate,” is the new album’s lead-off track.
Unfortunately, you just missed Disappears when they were in town on February 19, but you can listen to their performance live on KEXP from our Live In-Studio Performances archive here. Next, the band will begin a brief European tour on March 21 before spending most of April performing throughout the eastern and central United States. (If you happen to be in Albany, NY on April 18, you can catch a special performance with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Renaldo.) For more tour info, visit Disappears’ website by clicking here. In an attempt to make up for their lack of scheduled performances west of the Mississippi, we present to you their video for “New Fast,” from their 2011 EP Guider: