Karen Meat – “On The Couch” (Stereogum Premiere)
As a horny and perpetually nervous teenager, there was nothing as thrilling as bumming around with someone you like on the couch. Maybe your parents are in the next room, hopefully they’re not home at all. You put on a movie and the air sparks with possibility — knees bump together, hands graze against each other. “On The Couch,” the first song from Karen Meat’s upcoming new EP, captures all of that adolescent exhilaration and more. The Des Moines, Iowa-based band are past their teen years, but their songs crackle with the same sort of lovesick energy, though their weighted down with the sad realities of adulthood (“Is he still human? I have my doubts,” they muse at one point).
The song’s a duet between Brad Turk and the band’s namesake Arin Eaton, and both of them charmingly flirt with each other (“I’m feeling lonely/ I need a hand/ Maybe we could start another band”), complimenting each other and coyly vying for each other’s affections: “You’re getting pretty good at writing love songs/ I was thinking maybe you could help me out,” Eaton sings. “There’s a boy and I want to write a love song/ But he ain’t no good at hanging out.” Listen below.
04/21 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
06/02 Ames, IA @ DG’s Tap House
06/03 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (release show)
06/04 Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox
06/18 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
06/21 Lawrence, KS @ 8th Street Tavern
06/22 Wichita, KS @ Kirby’s Beer Store
06/23 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
06/24 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
06/25 Chicago, IL @ Red Line Tap