Back in January The Fabulous Five comprised of Benji Quinones (trumpet/piano/guitar,) Matthew Clemens (percussion), Joe Gordan (guitar/percussion), Woody Hamilton (xylophone/harmonica/piano) and Danny Quinones (saxophone) released Call It an Evening. The album is a silly romp of young men who have nothing else better to do than make improvised sounds in a microphone. Their recent release Baby Please is an extension of their frivolous nature. I could see these young men turning this “band” into an improve trope where people get drunk and shout out suggestions to sing about or act out or maybe both.
After a thirty-eight second intro of white noise and some bleeps and bloops the band launches into the best song they have ever written entitled “Sorry.” This song is a tip of the hat of to the review I wrote for Call It an Evening. I had no idea till I heard my name shouted out towards the end of the song. It was a surreal moment listening back to the song realizing they were impersonating the ten-foot tall bananas that I said they could become under the current ideas of theoretical physics. In my mind I chose to believe these guys actually turned into ten foot bananas while recording this song and became a huge success in some alternative dimension transcending time and space.
There is a song called “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division and then there is “Love Will Tear Us Apart Again.” “Love Will Tear Us Apart Again” features multiple vocal parts, which I would consider to lean way more towards aggressive, indignant shouting than actual singing. The instrumental parts are a couple of snare hits and a couple of notes from a stringed instrument.
The band goes deep and spiritual with the emotional resonant “Something Horny.” It's not what notes are played but the notes that aren’t some would say. After one listen I completely transcended my own ego and realized that the universe is an encompassing living, breathing organism that wants nothing more than to encourage Elon Musk to lead us into the age of interstellar travel where we will encounter intelligent beings who look like everyday fruits and vegetables.
Up next is “Cold Floor” where the boys randomly hit pots and pans from their parent’s kitchen cabinets and maybe a couple of instruments. Either way I’m sure the neighbors were thrilled. “Believe (Dedicated to the Starman)” actually contains actual singing and a somewhat steady beat. Great job!
Listening to Baby Please made realize how tough it must be to be a parent raising a teenager. It also made me realize that I would hang out with these guys if I were about fifteen years younger. I know what you’re up to!! Either way it’s merely a matter of time and space before their music is discovered and revered in some dark distant location in a parallel universe.
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