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 of the Day, as chosen by DJ Cheryl Waters, is Hollis' "Heavy Hands" - from the 2020 half-life EP on Hollis.
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by DJ Cheryl Waters, is K!MMORTAL's "Breathe" - a 2020 self-released single.
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by DJ Cheryl Waters, is Lightning Bug's "The Onely Ones" - a 2020 single on Fat Possum.