Release Date: Apr 21, 2009
Record label: Ernest Jenning
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
If you can fight through the toxic stench of cod-reggae that envelopsthe opening track, this 15-strong San Franciscan jug band have certainly gotsomething. Whether that something is the unrepentant haute bourgeois swagger of a West Coast Talking Heads, or the faux-collectivist frisson of a more party-minded Arcade Fire, listeners must decide for themselves. .
The popular image of the typical indie-rock concertgoer is that of a guy standing stock still, arms crossed, unmoving and seemingly unmoved by whatever music he is hearing. When things get intense, he nods his head approvingly; when he cuts loose, his foot will tap. Whether or not that cliché is accurate (Dear couple dancing near the stage at the Beirut show in D.C.: Thank you.
Musicians don't like to be cataloged like insects, yet they end up filling in for the critic in the most humorous ways. Case in point: Sean Rawls, the leader of the 15-strong San Francisco collective Still Flyin' likes to call his band's party-ready tunes, "HAMMJAMM" music. His words, not mine. It's the sort of sugarcoated-cum-caffeinated made-up genre that can soundtrack your beer pong sesh or pizza pig-out.