Song of the Day: Legendary Oaks – Liberty Bell

photo by Kevin Cirulli

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. Every Friday, we present a song by a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards is “Liberty Bell” by Seattle’s Legendary Oaks from their self-released 2012 album 2.

Legendary Oaks – Liberty Bell (MP3)

Seattle’s Legendary Oaks may play music containing elements of alt-country and folk, but they approach it with a rowdy attitude reminiscent of the ragged punk bands of the ’80s. Clocking in at just under two-and-a-half minutes, “Liberty Bell” is a tightly constructed alt-country workout that speeds through with an urgency not often found in the genre. Lead singer Craig Schoen’s bright harmonies and drummer Justin Ansley’s steady beat anchor the verses with an upbeat-yet-melancholy charisma, but the band quickly shifts on a dime to the bouncing rhythm of the chorus. Led by serpentine fiddle and humming guitar, the band pack more punch into a X second chorus than most of their contemporaries can capture in a whole song. “Liberty Bell” may be constructed like a pop song, but it’s a thrilling rush of alt-country that features as many hallmarks of the No Depression movement as it does modern songcraft.

Legendary Oaks will be playing tonight as part of the first installment of KEXP and the Seattle Center’s 2012 Concerts at the Mural alongside Fly Moon Royalty, Shovels and Rope, and Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook to hear about any further dates to support 2. Below, watch a video of the band playing “One-Inch Plantation” live at KEXP in 2010:

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