As a part of KEXP's Punk Month and leading up to Sonic Reducer's 15th Anniversary Live Show and Broadcast with Mudhoney, Control Test, and Dark Smith on May 4, KEXP's Dr. West is spotlighting punk bands for Song of the Day throughout the entire week.
Carrboro, North Carolina trio Fitness Womxn are perfect representatives of their home state’s thriving underground punk scene. The band released their debut record, Macho City, in 2017 in the wake of the #MeToo movement - the perfect time to unleash a record of cathartic feminist anthems.
Our Song of the Day, “Easy,” is a one-off lo-fi about the difficulties of holding onto order when everything around you feels impossibly awful. The one-off single was made for Sorry State Records’ first compilation, American Idylls, a sprawling 49-track effort to condense North Carolina’s current punk scene on one album. It’s no small feat and Daniel Lupton acknowledges there are definitely bands he likely missed. “Like a photograph, this snapshot includes things, leaves others out, and captures only one fleeting moment,” he wrote in the introduction of the zine that accompanies the album.
Below, watch the promo video for American Idylls, out now.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Clovers" by Barrie, from the 2019 album Happy to Be Here on Winspear Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Shape" by Julia Shapiro, from the 2019 album Perfect Version on Hardly Art.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Still Exist" by Necking, from the 2019 album Cut Your Teeth on Mint Records.