Going to rock shows 7 days a week has exposed me to a ton of bands in a short period of time, oddly enough, most of which has turned out to be mid-grade ska. But every once in awhile I can still be pleasantly shocked. One such case was in Tucson, AZ where I walked into a room of friends gathered around what might just be my new favorite band. Before I even got too near to the happening the first thing I could hear were 5 voices being raised in jubilant abandon over all acoustic instrumentation a la Mount Righteous. Then when I got near enough to see the source of the joyous jangling I discovered Great Job!, a five piece using instrumentation I'd previously only associated with bluegrass (acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, violin).
Add some catchy melodies, overly witty lyrics, and Fishboy-like vocals to the mix and the result is one of the most promising acts currently busking around Tuck Town. My favorite tracks thus far have been "Nu Song," which contains the lines 'There's a song inside my brain and I don't care if it ever gets played on the radio or even by me' and "New (Not Nu) Song" which has since become known as "Sex Positions". I tried to get an album of theirs after the show, but their gear and merch had been stolen mid-tour. So alas it was not meant to be. I was assured their album would be available online soon, which is the only reason I'm only mildly perturbed and not full blown upset.
Of course I'm taking their word on this whole matter, and they of course don't care if their songs ever get played on my radio. So for now I (and by proxy you) are relegated to cycling their 5 MySpace songs ad nauseam until that day comes. Happy listening.