Song of the Day: Tilly and the Wall – All Kinds of Guns

photo by Zakk Hollowell

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “All Kinds of Guns” by Tilly and the Wall from the 2012 album Heavy Mood on Team Love Records.

Tilly and the Wall – All Kinds of Guns (MP3)

Formed in 2001, Tilly and the Wall were among the plethora of charismatic bands to come out of Omaha during the mid-2000s, often gaining attention for sharing a member with Bright Eyes and incorporating an amplified tap dancer in the place of a traditional percussionist. Conor Oberst-links and Jamie Pressnall’s tap dancing aside, the quintet had a knack for writing infectious pop songs that translated into explosive, singalong-laden anthems in a live setting. Now returning with their fourth album, Heavy Mood, after a few years off, the band remains as vibrant as ever. The third track on Heavy Mood, “All Kinds of Guns” finds the band lifting the titular mood into a more playful place with schoolyard chant vocals, crisp guitar and, yes, tap-danced percussion. A carefree ode to the singer’s lover, the band’s energy explodes in the chorus (like all good pop songs should), as co-lead singers Kianna Alarid and Neely Jenkins enthusiastically sing, “My baby’s got all kinds of guns/and he sticks to every one.” Although the album was written in the wake of the recent economic crisis, “All Kinds of Guns” places any heavy moods aside, drawing the summer sun out for just a little longer into the fall for one more jubilant dance party.

Tilly and the Wall are currently on tour behind Heavy Mood, including a stop at Neumos with Icky Blossoms on November 5th, and then they will be live on the Morning Show with John on Tuesday, November 6, at 9:30AM. Keep track of any further tap-dance-tastic shows by keeping a tab on their website and Facebook. You can get tickets to the Neumos show here and watch the video for the Heavy Mood track “Defenders” below.

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