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 song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is “Roman Tick” by Fergus & Geronimo from the 2012 album Funky Was the State of Affairs on Hardly Art.
Fergus and Geronimo, a.k.a. Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage, met in late 2008 while working together on Savage’s album for Teenage Cool Kids. The two began recording together, at first emulating garage and doo-wop styles, but immediately starting to experiment more and more. Their second release, Funky Was The State of Affairs, is a quirky blend of snotty punk, New Wave dance-funk and garage-pop filled with wit and vigor.
Though highly experimental, the album is, according to Savage himself, tied together by repeated themes of “aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement.” Today’s featured song, you quickly discover, is more a play on words than an historic entomological screed, and a “Roman Tick” is apparently quite the opposite of a star-crossed lover: “Don’t want to take you to the movies / Don’t want to take you to the mall / Don’t want to buy you flowers / Don’t want to take your call.”
But you do want to see Fergus & Geronimo when they come to your neck of the woods. Currently, their tour is focused on the other side of the country, but stay in touch with them through their Facebook page and find tour dates here. For now, check out this recently released video for today’s song: