Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Bhangra Bros.

Song: Bhangra Bros.
Artist: Firewater
Album: The Golden Hour

I was recently introduced to this band via my friend Cicely, who's friend is making a documentary about them. Firewater is mainly singer, songwriter, bassist/guitarist Tod A. Originally, he formed the band with members of The Jesus Lizard and Soul Coughing, who contributed to the first album but were unable to tour. Since he's gathered a mix of musicians that have changed over the years. "The Golden Hour" was their latest, released in 2008, and includes elements of ska, punk, jazz, and even a hint of traveling gypsies. Tod A describes their sound as a "Wedding band gone wrong." To me it sounds like an old time traveling circus, filled with freaks, hustlers, and dangerous woman. I hear a hundred stories within their music, which is the best way I can describe it. It's very organic, dark, and intriguing.

While the songs mostly have vocals, (and remind me of John Linnell of They Might Be Giants) I really can't stop listening to instrumental "Bhangra Bros.," an Indian-influenced rollicking jam that literally forces you to your feet. It's got a wild groove, crazy videogame noises that should seem out of place but don't, and a simmering horn that brings in the sexy. Basically... if this don't make your booty move, your booty must be dead.

"The Golden Hour" and Firewater take you to another place with a full listen. It's a trip worth taking.


Bhangra Bros. (live)

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