Thursday, February 17, 2011

a little illeism for the lady.

so i'm in this band...and i hate to release little shameless, plug-buzzing mosquitoes in your ears, but i'm going to suppress my hatred and do it anyway.

{{{{if you would like to assume our greatness, skip all my b.s., and save yourself 10 minutes of reading, here is your chance to just buy the damn tickets and come see us. the rest of you crazies keep on reading.}}}}

my band is called calliope musicals, and we are the best band in the universe pretty-cute and funny. our music is cheery, fun, and upbeat, and since we can't get any other bloggers to unleash flowery blandishments about us, it looks like i'm going to have to do this shit myself.

here's a little story about how the musicals and i came to call ourselves a band. most of what follows is slightly true:

      Calliope Musicals began as the musical love child of singers Carrie Fussell and Philadelphian Matt Roth (affectionately known by native-Texan Carrie as “Yankee”). In search of organic peace in a world of electronic wahs and be-bops, the two recorded “Red Balloon” in Matt’s studio apartment in 2008. Their chemistry was undeniable, and their passion for the music gave them an instant friendship. After attending a life changing performance by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros together at 2009’s SXSW and dancing holes into the soles of their shoes, they knew that there was no choice but to pursue a musical career together...
      In search of “general merrymakers,” the two happened upon Craig “The Funk” Finkelstein: vibraphone player extraordinaire. Never having heard of a vibraphone, the two immediately decided the instrument (as well as the Funk himself), should become an indispensable part of the band. Although Craig was sure he had found his niche as the top seller at a local kissing booth, he decided to give the Musicals a shot, and after rocking the wigs off of Carrie and Matt with his dingy-blinging vibra-riffs, it was love at first sight. And so they happily bumbled along as a three-piece band of misfits...
     Meanwhile, everyone knows the “spine is the bass line,” and with no spine to hold them up, the band was simply a floppy, spineless, noodle band. Deciding that this was unacceptable, the Musicals challenged another local band to a duel. The prize? The wickedest bass player in all the land: Ben Aiken. Needless to say, because the duel was judged on good looks, dance moves, and all-around excellence, the Musicals won Ben Aiken and his magnificent bass playing abilities, despite his adamant claim that “he was not a prize to be won.”     Finally the Fantastic Four became five (which makes the comic book reference irrelevant) when they discovered Mike Fargnolli, who had formerly been the most talented pasta maker in Spaghettio Land. People of the land came from miles around not only to eat his tasty noodles, but to listen to the rhythmic stylings of Flam-Bam Fargnolli. Apparently after cooking, Flam-Bam himself would repurpose his pasta pots into a drum set and play along with an old Rush tape, blowing listeners’ minds (and ear drums, alike) with his dynamite drumming. The Musicals, being the avid pasta eaters (and Rush fans) that they are, kidnapped Flam-Bam from his noodle-y nook and recruited him as the drum-master. Interestingly enough, this made the band once again--in a whole new way--a noodle band!
      So now, though the Calliope Musicals are still a band of misfits, they’re happiest misfits you’ve yet to see. The music makes them happy, makes them alive, and makes them free. And it’s rumored that when you listen to their music, you can instantly become a part of their happy, free, and alive world. The new and current line-up of the Musicals gives their once pure folk sound a faint tinge of rock and roll, and indie vibes mixed with a little bit of almost every genre out there creates a sound totally unique to this band. Their live performances have an energy that puts them in a league above most other folk-rooted troops, and the songs generate a happy sensation not found in most other indie/rock bands. After seeing them at one of their debut performances in Austin, Texas at Threadgill’s, Western Homes said they “sound like big ol’ state fair, country rock entertainers,” and entertain you they will. They emulate an energy that cannot be replicated even in the best recordings, and they have a sound that leaves listeners with no choice but to fall in love.

 (i'm about to start talking in 3rd person; just ignore the awkwardness and go with it.)

you cannot leave a calliope musicals show without smiling, and you won't know if i'm lying unless you go to their EP release and find out for yourself. they have a great mix of quality songwriting, soulful and unique instrumentation, rocking and relaxed beats alike, powerful vocals, and at least a couple never-fail pairs of dancing shoes. the collaborative songwriting style results in a set list that keeps listeners guessing as to what they'll hear next and loving every second of it.

if this hasn't convinced you to come see them, maybe the fact that the male vocalist/guitar player usually sports a pair of suspenders will.

on february 23 at emo's, the band is releasing their first EP, and you're gonna love it. with a slew of other amazing local bands--guns of navarone, the organics and soup--the musicals are prepared to serve you up an ice cold glass of creepy kool-aid and induct you into their cult lovely group of followers.

is the world getting you down? are you trying to find beautiful meaning in a cynic's world? are you sick of music that makes you hate your dad? are you tired of never dancing? do you like to be happy?

then this is the band for you. be there or be square.

this is where i realize that talk is cheap and seeing is believing. so now, i'm doing to shut my trap and let their insane good looks do the talking.

and this is where i give you a little ear candy, since they are, afterall, a band and not supermodels (despite their obvious hottness). if you want more--you know you do--you can find them at their tumblr where you'll find links to every place on the internet that they exist. (including reverbnation for more listening!)

(end third person)

for those of you who made it this far without barfing, i commend your endurance. your reward? the opportunity to buy tickets, come to our show, get a FREE COPY of our EP, and dance your feet off.


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