Keeping Up With the Dow Joneses
is interesting about The Fat Cats is that they sound like
everyone else, and yet are undeniably fresh. On their
debut CD, Keeping Up With the Dow Joneses (YBS
Records), these five British lads deftly blend big band
jazz with elements of ska, funk and boogie woogie to create
the kind of jumpin' sound that helped propel neo-swing
to the top of the charts in the late 1990s.
Say No", the opening track, could have come straight
off an early Royal Crown Revue release, with the same
gangsta-bop swing style that made RCR a mainstream success.
The hard-hitting horns and rapid-fire lyrics continue
with "Puppet Girl", while "That's the Girl"
has a swingier, Cherry Poppin' Daddies sound. The rest
of the 12-track album, comprised entirely of originals,
draws obvious inspiration from other trumpet-laden bands,
from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to Madness, with the occasional
Stray Cats bassline thrown in for good measure. But just
when you think you have them pegged, The Fat Cats hit
you with a song like, "Give Yourself to Me,"
which has a James Taylor acoustic vibe, or the Louis Prima-esque
closer, "The Ballad of Julio Gonzales."
their influences are easy to peg, these cats are unquestionably
one of a kind.
the band online at www.thefatcats.net