Listening to Maniac World by The Good For Nothin' Band is like drinking some wine, laying in a comfy couch and chillin' like no one’s business. The music puts you in a good mood but also makes you kind of feel carefree. Jon Roniger, Alex Mass, Russell Ramirez, Evan Paydon and Brendan Bull are the members who play jazz and gypsyland with their own take of things.
I loved the production of this album. The instrumentation sounds great from the blaring horns to the clean, jazzy kit. Nothing sounds overproduced but just perfectly balanced. The vocals are smooth, full of emotion and just plain enjoyable.
I was hooked after the first song “Fishin’ For Stars.” Seriously what's not to like. How could you listen to this song and be like I’m not diggin' this.? Now that you agree with me “Fishin’ For Stars” is just the beginning of a number of songs that are perfect for dinner parties, bar mitzvahs and hangin' out by yourself in a bathtub.
Are you listening to “DNA” yet? I started snapping my fingers while typing this sentence. Listen to those horns. I’m hooked on this New Orleans’s infused style. “Falling Out Of Trees” is a bit faster with a walking bass ine and enough swing that you will put on your dancing shoes. It also has a Gene Krupa style drum solo. I’ll take it. As the album progresses the band continues to slay it. The songs vary in energy and attitude but are still connected by a similar thread.
This band has a whopping 91 Facebook fans. In a just world that obeyed principles of truth these guys would at least 40,000 Facebook fans and selling out large venues with a mere tweet. Unfortunately the music industry is brutal, almost completely backward as to what becomes popular and damn near impossible to make a living from. Godspeed fellas.
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