Fellow Creatures

Episode 278: PODJAM with Naseem Khuri (Kingsley Flood) and Sam McCormally (Fellow Creatures)

Episode 278: PODJAM with Naseem Khuri (Kingsley Flood) and Sam McCormally (Fellow Creatures)

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A podcast host, production/songwriting wizard, and a socially-conscious Americana singer walk into a basement...

For our latest episode Sam McCormally (Fellow Creatures, Ugly Purple Sweater) and Naseem Khuri (Kingsley Flood) are joining Kevin in the basement to talk about the songs that hooked them on music for life and they're downing some whiskey in the process.

In other words: Strap in kids, cuz this is gonna be one amazing podjam.


Kingsley Flood @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 11/19/16

Kingsley Flood @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 11/19/16

If there’s one thing the band Kingsley Flood knows about, it’s change.

In 2012, their album Battles took them back and forth across the country and all the way to the mainstage at the legendary Newport Folk Festival. It was an album that dealt with the everyday struggles of an “everyday guy”, and the songs reflected front-man Naseem Khuri’s struggle with issues of equality, a running theme in most of the band’s work.


THE LIST for July 8, 2016: Cool Your Jets

THE LIST for July 8, 2016: Cool Your Jets

In the musical West Side Story, as tensions and temperatures rise, Riff advises the Jets to be "cool" in a jazz fugue for the ages.  Nothing cools like jazz.  As political tensions and summer temperatures rise all around the country, we all need some jazz to cool our own jets.  As you begin your sweat-soaked commute or a sweltering evening at home, here are 15 hand-picked tracks to air condition your soul.  So smear the condensation from your drink on your brow, light the mosquito-repellent candles, and be cool. - Patrick


Episode 172: Fellow Creatures

Episode 172: Fellow Creatures

Independently, Sam McCormally and William McKindley-Ward are longtime staples of the DC music scene. Together they are FELLOW CREATURES!

Following the demise of their previous band - the beloved Ugly Purple Sweater - both were looking for a different direction for their music. They found it in electronic experimentation coupled with masterful songwriting and the result is a mind-blowing, self-titled LP that defies categorization.

In advance of the release, Sam and Will stopped by the basement to chat with Kevin and special guest Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) about the making of Fellow Creatures, life in the DC music scene, and much, much more.


Louis Weeks @ The Howard Theatre - 5/28/15

Louis Weeks @ The Howard Theatre - 5/28/15

Last week the Howard Theatre saw one DC-based musician reaching the end of his long road while two other groups began their own journeys.

Fellow Creatures kicked off the night with their hypnotizing mix of electronica, prog and pristine harmonies. While the duo (expanded to a four piece live) of Sam McCormally and Will McKinley-Ward has yet to put out an album proper (their upcoming debut album is being co-produced by none other than Louis Weeks himself), they’ve amassed an impressive collection of songs that continue to morph and mutate when performed live. Where those songs finally end up remains to be seen, but seeing them worked through in front of a live audience provides a wealth of thrilling, unexpected moments.

DC’s best/worst kept “secret” band, The El Mansouris took the stage next. An unexpected supergroup of DC-area musicians (including Fiona Kohrman, Margot MacDonald, Alex Braden from Young Rapids, Sam Raymond, formerly of Rival Skies, and Drew Hagelin of Cigarette),  The El Mansouris have only a few performances under their belt. But if the highly polished set they delivered is any indication, they’re already a tight unit with a clear identity. Just like Fellow Creatures, harmonies play a large role in The El Mansouri’s Music, but the group steers clear of any technical fireworks in favor of a more populist blending of indie rock and folk that charms one minute and provides sonic pyrotechnics the next. This was the largest stage on which the group had performed to date, and they took full advantage of the space, surrounding themselves in glowing orbs of canvas-dimmed light, providing a simple yet effective ambiance that underlined one of the few things we know about the band at this point: They mean business.

Also in the “means business” column: Louis Weeks.


Fellow Creatures - "Séance (SHUKA)"

Fellow Creatures - "Séance (SHUKA)"

Sounds Like:

Of Montreal; Grizzly Bear; Talking Heads…from the planet DISCOTRON;

Why You Should Care:

Last year, D.C.’s newest rising stars, Fellow Creatures, quietly released the demo track “Shuka Shuka” to announce their arrival on the scene. Since then, the group, fronted by Will McKindley Ward and Ugly Purple Sweater (RIP)’s Sam McCormally, have been perfecting their craft, spending some time in a freezer, and, it would seem, heading back into the studio.  


Kingsley Flood - "All In All"

Kingsley Flood - "All In All"

Sounds Like:

Raucous folk-rock wrapped in a swanky indie shell, stadium rock for the small-room set, the return of one of America’s next great bands.

Why You Should Care:  

Transition and change in whatever form it takes can be unsettling, confusing, and sometimes downright horrifying. But, more often than not, we find our way through the fog of trepidation to a place full of possibilities that we may not have been aware previously existed. When we last checked in with Boston/DC rockers Kingsley Flood, they were destroying the stage at the best club in America with songs from their critically acclaimed LP (Battles), and would soon be on their way to a notable debut at the Newport Folk Festival.