Song of the Day: MOURN - Gertrudis, Get Through This!

Song of the Day
07/14/2015
Jacob Webb
photo by Berta Pfirsich

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” by MOURN from the 2015 single on Captured Tracks.

MOURN - Gertrudis, Get Through This! (MP3)

Boasting a direct, no-bullshit, no-pretension brand of rock with a magnetically caustic edge, Mourn's unbridled snarl of a style rallies around the band members' youthful fearlessness. Currently aged 16-19, the members of Mourn – vocalist/guitarist Jazz Rodríguez Bueno, guitarist/vocalist Carla Pérez Vas, drummer Antonio Postius Echeverría, and bassist Leia Rodríguez Bueno – first decided to make punk rock after hearing PJ Harvey in their teens and began to play music together not long after. Although they were a staple in the Barcelona scene for some time prior, the band picked up a wave of attention when Captured Tracks released their self titled debut in late 2014, and in 2015, they began touring outside of Spain. Released on a 7" from earlier this year, "Gertrudis, Get Through This!" picks up where Mourn left off, stacking scratchy-yet-hook-laden guitars on over Bueno's percussive vocals and crystallizing everything that Mourn have going for them: it's urgent, furious, and, most of all, it sounds progressively better as the listener's speakers get louder. In a wave of comparisons to PJ Harvey, it was rarely mentioned that the Catalonian quartet's closest connection to Harvey was not Bueno's snarl or guitar style, but that they arrived fully-formed in both sound and ambition, and "Gertrudis, Get Through This!" cements that the group are well on their way to whatever musical ground they'll inevitably conquer next.

MOURN will play a series of European and North American East Coast dates this summer before finishing up the year at Iceland Airwaves 2015. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter, and watch the grainy video for "Gertrudis, Get Through This!" below.

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