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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Other Places, Other Days” by Seattle’s Tokyoidaho from their 2012 self-titled album on Neon Sigh.
Formed by three former members of Seattle’s Voyager One, Tokyoidaho is a self described “surrealist pop” group consisting of singer/guitarist/keyboardist Peter Marchese, bassist Jasun Hadaway, and drummer Elliot Nutt. Despite what their less-than-serious press biography says, the band’s sound is less “Radiohead meets Pink Floyd at a middle school kickball tournament circa 1978″ and more “rhythm-centered, electronic-hybrid rock with a post-punk influence.” Led by a skittering martial beat and pulsing electronic bass lines, “Other Places, Other Days” is both a mellifluous slow burn and a rigid march of a track that keeps its tension at the highest point without ever giving into the indulgence of a soaring hook or a crashing breakdown. Marchese’s coolly depraved vocal and scraping guitar are reminiscent of Year Zero-period Trent Reznor in the verses before the band lifts off into a strong, buzzing chorus. The band then slinks back into their sinister groove one last time before the letting their instruments’ feedback create a droning outro. Although “Other Places, Other Days” shows that Tokyoidaho has plenty of room to grow, it’s even more remarkable how fully-formed they’ve arrived on their debut, which is something that only a handful of bands do every year.
Tokyoidaho recently played a show at the Comet Tavern to celebrate the release of their debut, but they don’t have any further dates on their docket as of now. Keep an eye on their Facebook and website to hear about any upcoming dates. Watch the video for the album track “Deep Cushions” (directed by visual member Projectorhead) below.