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 from a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is “Groundhog Day” by Portland’s Corin Tucker Band from the forthcoming 2012 album Kill My Blues on Kill Rock Stars.
An iconic figure of the Riot Grrrl movement, Corin Tucker’s unmistakable wail has been resonating for close to twenty years now. A founding member of both Heavens to Betsy and Sleater-Kinney, Tucker’s melodically messy guitar playing and piercing vocals led the former group for four years and co-led the latter with Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss until the announcement of their “indefinite hiatus” in 2006. After taking some time from music to focus on her family, Tucker returned with her solo debut 1,000 Years in 2010, and two years later, she’s returned with Kill My Blues, an album recorded with the same players who she toured behind, now dubbed “The Corin Tucker Band”. The opening track on Kill My Blues, “Groundhog Day” is a sharply-edged tune that laments what the Olympia-native perceives as the lack of progression of society. Singing, “What? Is it so?/Tell me something. Are we living in slow-mo?”, Tucker’s voice rides her bandmates’ riotous rhythm to produce a hurricane of a track that’s just as convicting, energizing, and hummable as anything from One Beat. Blisteringly fierce, “Groundhog Day” is direct, raw, and overflowing with unbridled passion. (In other words, it’s classic Corin Tucker.)
The Corin Tucker Band will be touring in support of Kill My Blues, which hits stores on September 18th, this fall, including a stop at the Crocodile on October 12th. Keep an eye on their website in case any more dates are announced, and watch a video of the band playing “Riley” on KEXP in 2010 down below.