Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, 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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Pass Away” by Pomegranates from the 2012 album Heaven on Modern Outsider Records.
Pomegranates began in 2006 as a Cincinnati-based project between two friends, Jacob Merritt (drums) and Isaac Karns (vocals, guitars, keyboards), with the band eventually growing into a four-piece with the addition of Joey Cook (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Curt Kiser (guitar). In 2008, they released their debut, Everything Is Alive, which gained the band some attention and led to some successful follow up albums: their 2009 release, Everybody, Come Outside!, and their 2010 release, One Of Us. The band is set to release their fourth studio album, Heaven, on June 5th – and our featured song “Pass Away” is the first taste of Heaven we have until the release. The new album was co-produced by Miguel Urbitztondo, who has worked with Cracker, Sparklehorse, Daniel Johnston, and follows on their trademark (and well loved) reverb-heavy dreamy indie-pop. “Pass Away” is a fun entry to this band if you’ve never heard them before, and the falsetto chorus almost surprises you with its ability to make just about anybody snap their fingers and bop their head a little. Fuzzy electric guitars, fantastic percussion, and those happy, lilting vocals make a perfect mix. Get your dance shoes ready for a great new song from a band we’ve all grown to love.
Currently, there are no tour dates scheduled for the band. They just finished up a few shows in the Northeast, so hopefully, they’re gearing up for more soon. Until then, you can catch up with Pomegranates on their website or Facebook page, and listen to more music here.