The Proof is in the Pizza!

According to their Bandcamp site, Corporate Fandango is “a salubrious ska septet of kindred spirits that haunt the streets of Greensboro, NC.  I couldn’t have said it any better myself.  Anyway, earlier this month, Corporate Fandango released their third official release entitled, “The Proof is in the Pizza.”  Let’s check it out…

  1. “Just Like Today”- An interesting cross between a traditional upbeat ska song and garage rock.  I really enjoyed the horn parts; however, sometimes the vocals are a little difficult to hear over the instrumentation.  Grade: B-

 

  1. “Ode to the Rockefellers”- Starting out with an ode to the likes of Sherlock Holmes or Dick Tracy, this is a definite skankin’song.  After the aforementioned intro with muted instrumentations, the horn section quickly comes on with full force.  Aside from playing as a unit, the saxophone gets its chance to shine here.  Great song!  Grade: B+

 

  1. “Blow Up the Moon”- This song is an excellent cross between classic ska horns with space-age keyboards.  There is also a nice showcasing of both the saxophone and muted trumpet.  Grade: B

 

  1. “Open Your Mouth”- “Open Your Mouth” has a definite party-song feel, yet not lacking the garage type feel found in “Just Like Today.”  Although switching between punk rock guitars and ska guitars is a formula almost exhausted in the genre, this song is no slouch.  Grade: B

 

  1. “Paranormal Paranoia”-Once again, the horns are the stars of this song.  They add not only the ska feel but also, along with the more aggressive vocals, a hard-hitting  edge.  There is a slight dub feel wrapped up in the mix as well.  Grade: B

 

I must admit, this is one of the more unique bands that I have reviewed to date.  Many groups try to take the ‘ska sound’ and put their own spin on it and Corporate Fandango is no exception. While combing punk, or pop or funk with ska is nothing new, adding a gritty stripped-down and often psychedelic vibe to ska certainly is.  It truly is an interesting concept, which is difficult to explore over a course of only 5 tracks. Each song brings something different to the table, yet staying true to the roots of ska. None the less, I think Corporate Fandango maybe onto something here, even if at times it was not carried out to perfection (sometimes the vocals were hard to understand over the loud, punky guitar parts).  Overall, this is a fun EP, (with hopefully an LP in the works for the near future) with some familiar sounds mixed with something new; taking you on a musical trip you have never taken before.  But don’t take my word for it; the proof is in the pizza!  Overall Grade: B

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