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 “Rotting on the Vine” by The Purrs, a 2012 single on Fin Records.
Now into their second decade, Seattle band The Purrs have a restless energy that belies a band of their local stature. Well-versed in garage, psych, and alternative rock touchstones, the quartet’s national tours and five full-lengths have shown that the band has only grown sharper with age. A four-minute cut of psych tinged, jangle-driven rock, “Rotting on the Vine” aims straight for the jugular. Eschewing anything that could be considered an intro, the band leaps straight into the verse, where lead singer Jima fires off sly lyrical barbs with a 1977-style snarl. Merged with a high-tension bridge and searing guitar solo, the song’s slick verses and howled choruses keep the momentum going until the song cuts out, finishing with two appropriately-chosen words of studio banter: “That’s all.”
The Purrs play their first Seattle show of 2013 with Stag at Barboza on January 25th. Get more info and tickets about that show here, and keep an eye on their website and Facebook for news on any further shows. For now, watch the band play “Sister” live in KEXP’s studios in 2010 below.