Früheads Unite!

"Take a dash of Ogden Nash. Add a smear of Edward Lear. Toss in a Beatles news conference circa 1964, a sprinkle of Elvis Costello, four media-saturated childhoods and a splash of Monty Python. Garnish with a deep sense of concern about the world. Cultivate in Canada. Mix well" -Ted Anthony, AP National Writer

"{Moxy Fruvous} sound like the Roches meet XTC at a party thrown by Camper Van Beethoven for Robyn Hitchcock's marriage to Cole Porter with They Might Be Giants as wedding band and Tom Lehrer acting as minister, but just as everyone starts singing old Queen songs, the party is crashed by the entire cast of The Muppet Show. Moxy Fruvous is that good." -Dave Anderson writer for 'The Octopus', Champaign, Illinois

As a musician, I tend to be a little picky about what I listen to, and even more picky about whom I spend money to see in a live show. Of all genres, of all composers and artists, my favourite live music experience is, without a doubt, the Canadian Folk-Pop band, Moxy Früvous. Combining the rich harmonies and innovative arrangement style of the college à capella scene with the intimate passion common to the popular folk music movement, Früvous tunes run the gamut from heartfelt, to toe-tapping, to just plain fun. When you throw in their between-song banter that often involves full-scale comedy sketches in the proud Canadian tradition of Second City Television and Kids in the Hall, what you get is a magic that Moxy Früvous fans (who call themselves Früheads) will travel for hours and miles to see. I said "see", but what I meant, was "experience". Live Noise captures that experience as well as any non-visual format can. A "greatest hits" album of sorts, it includes several tracks (often containing explicit language) of their sidesplitting banter. This CD is a must for Früheads, and the perfect introduction for those still uninitiated to their charms.

Comments

Live Noise is an excellent cd. Talk about desert island discs ...

Früvous may be on hiatus, but you can catch Murray Foster, their bass player, onstage with Newfoundland trad-pop band Great Big Sea.