Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Let Me Tell You How It Should Be
Like we all need another Beatles' tribute band, right? Well, let me say this. The Fab Faux are indeed...fab! Can't say I've seen them more than once, but the one time time I did, I enjoyed it. They played "The White Album" from top to bottom, and it was impressive. People love these guys and I can see and hear why.
Now I want to tell you why I like Yellow Matter Custard more. They are a rock band, and so were The Beatles. And the exercise of creating note for note versions of big studio productions live on stage is praiseworthy, and a fantastic display of skill, but now and again, it feels good to hear something a bit more organic. Yellow Matter Custard, a band featuring Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre, Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big. Kasim Sulton of Utopia and Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, fits that bill.
From their just released DVD and CD download, "One More Night In New York City," give a listen to "Taxman." I suspect some Beatle purists and full time cynics will balk at the extended jam which closes out the tune, but for me, that is precisely what makes this live version kick ass. It's hot! I can't imagine anyone who has ever picked up a guitar or sat behind a drum kit, denying wanting to play like this.
There are over 40 tunes covered on this set, which you can grab BELOW.
These guys can sing and play, and man, are they having fun. As I said, The Fab Faux are amazing, but they need to take a pill. Know what I mean?