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 song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Gone Far” by The Hoot Hoots from the 2014 self-released album Colorpunch.
Despite their floor-length rainbow robes, The Hoot Hoots are not recruiting for the most psychedelic cult ever. Instead, these Seattle power pop players intend to leave a mark with Colorpunch, their latest release. After meeting at Knox College, the quartet relocated to the Northwest from Illinois in 2008 and became known for their confident, lighthearted energy. The band has been acknowledged as continuing on the indie pop path laid out by greats like The Shins.
Maybe the group has dabbled in brainwashing because it’s impossible not to bop to the playfully anthemic “Gone Far.” The Hoot Hoots’ polychromatic feel goodery has just enough loud, fuzzed out guitar to tether it before completely blasting off to a galaxy of youthful fun. The group’s signature zest doesn’t come with a lack of musical ability – the band crafts powerful pop melodies that refresh the genre’s charm.
The Hoot Hoots will be playing at the High Dive on December 13th with Jupe Jupe and Golden Gardens. You can follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for more upcoming dates. For now, watch the video for “Jackson” below: