Being a student at the University of Kentucky, it is customary that I hate/loathe/despise/abhor Duke. For reasons most obviously known to the sports community, I do hate that school (while admiring their great academics), their basketball players, coaches, and annoying fans that are no more crazier than Tom Cruise‘s latest addition to the food pyramid.
For the first time in my life, I am thoroughly enjoying Duke. Not for their player of the year, or commercialized American Express coach, but for their music scene.
The suspender loving, panama hat wearing quartet of Durham, NC, Bombadil, are a local collegiate band that are playing gigs at local venues, libraries, and house parties. The band first contacted me after my Titanic post to share a chuckle and to share their music with me. When I got the chance to listen to their music, I was a greeted with neat vocal melodies, piano galore, and varied instruments such as xylophone and bells. In a greater light, their music is a sensational blend of what you might find in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?, combining the elements of a saloon style piano with dysfunctional vocals you’d expect to hear in the basement of your local folk artist’s house. It’s the type of music that you listen to and immediately tap your foot and smile, because not only does it sound happy, but the rare sound (lost in so many bands) of an artists excitement and joy of making music exudes in their songs and infects your very demeanor.
They’ve been through rough times, like many artists trying to establish themselves. The used to practice/record in an old abandoned sorority house until it caught on fire- an accident of course, but due entirely to their negligence. The wrong people found out and they were forced to find a new place to record. One of the MP3s below, Sinister Side, was written after Bryan (bassist, vocals) was kidnapped and robbed by 3 clever individuals in Bolivia. They took his credit cards, $90, and his pride. Thankfully, they left his fingers in tact so he could help make some great new music.
The band is trying to put together a Japanese tour, where I can’t help but to think of one of my favorite Tom Waits songs- [MP3] Big In Japan. Aside from their plans of sushi and sake, Bombadil are a young group of talented musicians hovering around the state of North Carolina. If you live in the area, check out their upcoming shows on their site. Otherwise, check out their sweet T-Shirts and upcoming EP.
Now, where can I get one of those stylish hats?