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'Kevin Day and Jason P. Krug are both songwriters, both like to tell stories with their songs and both have a dark and wicked sense of humor. Their songs often deal with people who take too many drugs and make bad decisions or people who don't fit into the "straight world." - The Hartford Courant
January 7, 2009
January 21, 2009
East Hampton, CT
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The Ex Governors (formerly DayDrug) began as a Tuesday night recording project between singer-songwriters Kevin Day and Jason P. Krug, with the idea being economy over excess: good songs, recorded quickly, with whatever instruments were on hand. As winter turned to a blazing summer, the project took on a life of its own; arrangements grew more inspired, and additional musicians were brought in to fulfill the potential the songs were presenting. These songs became DayDrug’s first release ‘FE07’ (2008) and finalized a line up for the band: in addition to Kevin and Jason (both providing guitar/vocals), Chill-I (percussion), John Higgins (sax, flute), Brian Warman (bass) and Juan Rivera (drums).
‘FE07’ was played on radio (WPKN, WPLR, WESU and at www.simkastradio.com on the web), reported on in the press (The Hartford Courant, New Haven Advocate, Hartford Advocate, Play Magazine, etc.), presented on television (OK, cable access but still legally television) and connections were made nationally, culminating in a campaign on ThePoint.Com to have DayDrug play The Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout in Pioneertown, CA, a movement supported by Cracker / Camper leader himself, David Lowery.
And this is where The Ex Governors story begins. While promoting ‘FE07’ through live performance, the songs started to change, started to grow, as the band grew tighter and arrangements aggressive. Each member started to occupy a space within the sound, within the songs themselves: Hig’s saxophone provides the bridge between Kevin’s spacey folk and Jason’s rockabilly leanings; Chill-I’s percussion makes people sway and move almost unconsciously; Brian and Juan became a dangerous combination of rhythmic call and response, and pushed the tempos into quicker and more reckless areas.
The Ex Governors - 'FEO7’ (2008): A tale of foreign cities, aviophobia and the county lock up. Of lost love, found money and the balance of karma between the two. Of classic rock radio DJ’s and the woman who love them. Of train tables, fine dining and regret. Of alcohol, missed appointments and the Billboard charts. Of time sensitive suicides off bridges. Of California desert jelly. Of repetitions that kick off regeneration. Of the apocalypse and astral physics. Of red wine, white lies and blue shirts. Of beautiful bartenders and a world without last calls. Of the coldest February day ever. Of SEX, SEX, SEX and everything you hate about yourself.
The Ex Governors - 'Swear In LIVE!' (due 1/09) The Ex Governors 'Swear In' is unabashedly a live album. It’s a fervent calling down of the influences: outer space jams checked with a rockabilly beat, gypsy folk jump and reggae sway, country heartbreak harmonies and didgeridoo driven jams, all wild improvisations of a band pushing each other deeper into the groove…while the pretty girls came and went into the night. The history of the 'radio song' is reimagined and ignored and worshipped and shoved around the bar, with electricity and sub literate literacy's and sub sonic solo's and drink orders and a band full of pop songs and time to play them. All played against the soundscape of a Saturday night in America; tavern glass jangles and ghostly indecipherable conversations tease you with legibility while the cadence catches you at the feet and the band crashes into spirited races between honking jazz cat sax and driving rhythm guitars. And the band pushes harder and plays tighter.
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