Genres: lo-fi, indie rock, pop
PO Box 150671
Brooklyn NY 11215
Sep 6 - 12 2004
Furious Billy is a weird guy. Sissyfoot, one of
the many releases in his enthusiastically prolific discography,
contains fourteen short pop nuggets, rock freak-outs, and acoustic
folk tunes. Despite the eclectic nature of the songs, though,
this is a surprisingly cohesive album - the lo-fi style is maintained
from beginning to finish, and all of the songs are entertaining and
catchy. Furious Billy may not be that well-known, but his
songwriting is of a surprisingly high calibre.
Sissyfoot has its calm moments, and its crazy moments.
That seems to be the best way to classify the songs. "The
Fear" and "Glad You Came" are two beautifully mellow
pop tunes, each boasting a sort of campfire folk attitude and a
instant catchiness. On the other hand, other songs seem to go
for the guttural - infectiously abusive rocker "Hey Mike"
and the Jon Spencer-esque "Yeah, Me Too" are
Despite (or because of) how simple this album is, formulaically, I find it to be one of the most purely
entertaining and listenable releases I've heard in recent history.
Perhaps home-taped, lo-fi music like this is a bit of a niche thing,
but I would think most open-minded listeners will find a lot to like
14 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2004]