Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Good Music Is Good: The Felice Brothers

Sometimes there is no reason to make any attempts towards creating something wholly new and unique. Sometimes you're just better off creating your own new and unique versions of the established Good. In the history of American music, The Band and Bob Dylan (who, incidentally, was announced yesterday as a Pulitzer Prize winner) raised the bar to a height few have reached since. So sometimes reaching for that level still pays off with more Good.

Last month, Team Love Records released the self-titled debut from The Felice Brothers. The Band and Dylan influences are apparent (and rampant), but really - what's so wrong about sounding like The Band or Bob Dylan?

The band-approved provided bio appears to sum things up quite nicely and directly:
"Simone, Ian and James Felice are the three eldest boys from a family of seven, born carpenter’s sons in the wilds of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Less than a year ago, the Brothers adopted a runaway dice-thrower and chancer, a 19 year old called Christmas. They convinced him to quit his job and the motley quartet forsook all else but song and moved their Sunday BBQ sing-alongs from their dad’s upstate house out onto the streets and subways of NYC. After months of toil, living in a 1987 special education bus, with arrests, and genuine panhandler fun, a freelance music writer named Gabe Soria (Mojo, Vice) stumbled upon the boys singing and barking their wares at a farmers market in Brooklyn and one thing led to another. Now the Felice Brothers and blood brother Christmas all live, tour, sing, write and gamble together on their little bus."

Listen: "Frankie's Gun" mp3
Listen: "Wonderful Life" mp3

Watch: "Roll On Arte"

Make friends @ http://www.myspace.com/thefelicebrothers.

{Props to Jesse Elliott of These United States for turning mC on to The Felice Bros!}


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

mC--you missed a hell of a Felice Bros show at Schubas last Tuesday; simply stellar. You should also check out their first major release, Tonight at the Arizona, which is arguably stronger than their self-titled release.