Sydney Australia’s Mev Stuart began his project Suit & Tie way back in 2007. His only intention for the band was to make Creep Season, the band’s debut record. If you are unfamiliar with Suit & Tie you’ll have to take that statement with a grain of salt. At least that’s the conclusion I came to after listening to Creep Season’s grossly hilarious “Infected.”
Set to a jazzy reggae beat the song begins to some of the less appealing sides, and sided effects if you will of conjugal life among people. To put it bluntly it’s a song about a man who chronicles his and others’ sexually transmitted diseases. Bandleader Mev Stuart along with seriously professional sounding though rather hilarious backup singers Donné Restom, Charlie Craib, Monica Brooks and Brian Campeau, who sing “shit! You’re infected” and then ooh and ah, make “Infected” a song you won’t soon forgot, whether you like it or not.
The creepiness continues on the album’s title track, which has a bit of a Talking Heads electronic meld to it. But lyrically “Creep Season” is written from the perspective of a pervert. It is again done, or in perhaps so overdone that it’s hard to tell if one should be laughing or cringing. By this time let it be known that Creep Season is not an album for everyone. Next up is the funky and soulful “Two Faced Betty” which is about a woman who goes out on the street and kills men. “Betty put your face on/before you dirty up your hands.” But the lyrics are such that they don’t impose grossly on how wonderful composed the music is.
Many of the songs open with comic interludes of conversation, or in the case of “Brothers Role” opens with what one soon realizes is two people making out and ends with the ripping open of a zipper before jumping into the Earth Wind & Fire like number. Again the lyrics don’t take away too much from the great musical arrangements, and is at times pretty funny.
As I listened to Creep Season I couldn’t help but think how hilarious it would be to slip this album into the rotation at a party or at a bar. The music is super good, jazzy and infectious, as is Mev Stuart’s voice and that of his backing singers. But I would wait to watch the looks on people’s faces when they started realizing what Stuart was actually saying. For hilarious as Creep Season is the subject matter may be a turnoff for some people; but for all you creepers out there, you finally have an album to call your own.
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