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. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Generals” by The Mynabirds,the first single from their 2012 album Generals on Saddle Creek Records.
Omaha, Nebraska, band The Mynabirds, led by front-woman and singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn, combine classic country and R&B sounds with pop sensibilities in a way that’s charming without becoming a cute cliche. For their sophomore album, Generals, Burhenn and her band turned up the reverb and stripped down their sound for a heavily political album that makes no effort to conceal their collective frustration. “Generals,” the title track from the album allegedly inspired by the Richard Avedon photo “Generals of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” features enough foot stomping and crunchy guitar riffs to get any Black Keys fan excited while Burhenn sounds like a pissed-off Chan Marshall as she sings about blue collar exhaustion and puts forth a call to action (“You want to fix it? Or fuck it up?”) without sacrificing the quality of her songwriting.
The Mynabirds are currently on tour and will be playing at Barboza in Seattle on August 3 as well as performing live on KEXP that same day at 11AM. For more information, including complete tour dates, head over to The Mynabirds’ official website. For now, here are The Mynabirds performing their catchy 2010 single “The Numbers Don’t Lie”: