Song of the Day: PAPA – Put Me To Work

photo by Travis Schneider

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 “Put Me To Work” by PAPA, a 2012 self-released single.

PAPA – Put Me To Work (MP3)

Although they’re settled in Los Angeles at the moment, PAPA have been involved in music scenes all around the country, and it shows in their music. The dark intensity of New York, the sunshine of Los Angeles, and the gruff, earnest delivery of the Midwest all seep into the duo’s songs, but the end result never strays too close to any one influence. With all of these factors involved, Darren Weiss and Daniel Presant’s music has tons of energy, but their greatest strength is that they execute their songs with just enough restraint to lure the listener into their world without overdoing it. Driven by the potent cross of a triumphant Clash-style guitar riff and Springsteen-esque piano line, “Put Me To Work” explodes out of the gate as soon as Weiss’ introductory four-count is finished. Immediate, furious, and very, very catchy, “Put Me To Work” shows Weiss’ pop instincts being executed with a punk intensity that’s hard to not to get excited about.

PAPA are undertaking a month-long residency in Los Angeles to start out 2013, but if they go back out on the road afterwards, you’ll hear about it on their Facebook and website. Watch the black-and-white video for their song “I Am The Lion King” below.