Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription, featuring new songs that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Don’t Go” by PS I Love You from the 2012 album Death Dreams on Paper Bag Records.
This Ontario duo represents Kingston, a place midway from two titanic cities, Toronto and Montreal, that have produced their share of indie rock names. In the valley between those two, Benjamin Nelson and Paul Saulnier refuse to budge. Taking advantage of their college town outpost, PS I Love You makes a name for Kingston on their own. Following their 2010 debut, Meet Me at the Muster Station, which garnered lots of attention and love from the indie press, they’ve become a working, touring tour de force, though the duo still takes a homegrown approach to their second album, Death Dreams. Recorded in a small rehearsal space with Muster Station producer, Matt Rogalsky, this latest album from PS I Love You also features Benjamin Nelson, the drummer, backing on vocals, and sounds unlike anything they’ve done before.
The chorus in today’s song, “I’m free, but I’m - I’m not free,” might say enough. It says something about PS I Love You’s take on their burgeoning invasion of the independent pop rock coming out of Canada, or the mortifying dreams that both inspired and haunted lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Saulnier during the first tour. Check out the grinding intro, Saulnier’s yelps and wails akin to Frank Black, the expansiveness that this two-man outfit produces, the feedback, the reverb, the handclaps and guitar licks that reel you back to sanity, and get ready to rock out, Canadian style. If you’re still not there, just wait until you see Saulneir jam out on his two-neck guitar!
But unless you’re in New York City, where they play the Mercury Lounge tomorrow, you’ll have to catch them in Canada for now. No doubt they’ll be back through Seattle soon enough. Look for updates on the band’s website and Facebook page. For now, here they are making “Facelove” during their 2011 performance in the KEXP studio: