Monday, October 30, 7pm doors/8pm show, $8 advance/$10 day of show
From San Francisco, featuring Spike of Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Johnny Revolting www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Revolting/250330435010624
Uke-Hunt is Me First & The Gimme Gimmes vocalist Spike Slawson’s latest cover band extravaganza. What started as Spike simply learning and arranging some of his favorite classic songs for the ukulele on his own, eventually evolved into added musicians and a layered patchwork of ukulele, saxophone, glockenspiel, stylophone, organ, standup bass, and all manner of percussive elements. Obviously, due in no small part to the instrumentation, this most recent foray into the world of breathing new life into shopworn classics displays a decidedly different slant than the breakneck tempo of the Gimmes. Uke-Hunt slips into something a little more comfortable with a lounge/soul vibe that’d be at home in a tiki bar, Elks lodge, rock club, or on a sunny patio. Spike uses Uke-Hunt as a vehicle to explore a diverse selection of songs and while some tracks seem to be made for Uke-Hunt, others undergo some astonishing genre-bending to arrive in perfect harmony with the rest of the album. Of course, the centerpiece of the entire Uke-Hunt experience is Spike’s enchanting vocal ability, which is on full display in all of its silky splendor from start to finish. So pour yourself a cocktail and set course for the captivating sounds of Uke-Hunt.
“What happens when you throw Spike Slawson, a ukulele, a handful of random instruments in a blender, hit puree, and then pour over a handful of random, low-key covers? You get one of Fat Wreck Chords’ newest releases, the Uke-Hunt self-titled album.
Spike Slawson has one of those kinds of voices that people either seem to love, or passionately hate. He’s belted out covers in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes for the past two decades, but decided to tone it down quite a bit here. Personally? While it’s a huge departure stylistically, I much prefer this over much of Me First’s catalog. If you’re not a fan of his voice, this might sway your opinion some. It seems like Me First does songs for fun, while Spike chooses songs for Uke-Hunt with his heart.” – For the Love of Punk
Here’s a taste of the band live: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT2l1dm9McA
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