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Tom Foolery and the Mistakes

"Fatter of Mact" CD

Colossal Thumb

Genres: indie pop, lo-fi, indie rock

July 18 - 22 2005

Since 1996, Dayton, Ohio natives Tom Foolery and the Mistakes have been releasing CDs, cassettes, and seven-inch records through their own Colossal Thumb record label. Fatter of Mact is the boys' lucky record number thirteen, and it houses eleven infectious, unconventional DIY rock songs. This band is decidedly kooky and carefree, with a very friendly, homemade approach to their craft. From their spoonerismic album title to songs named "These Pretzels Are Makin' Me Thirsty!" and "Bros Before Hos," they're out to joke, spoof, and romp along at their own pace. "Pretzels," in particular, could be the album's most catchy and tuneful outing, though "Yr Finger" and "Bros Before Hos" are also quite impressive. The production values are understandably lo-fi, which means some of the songs suffer from a bit of "sonic dryness" (where songs' more dynamic elements sound weak.) New listeners will likely have trouble overcoming the sound of Kyle Sowash's vocals, which can take some getting used to - especially on slow song "Why Ya Gotta Be Like That?," where his unrehearsed voice sticks out like a sore thumb. However, if you give Tom Foolery and the Mistakes' record a bit of time to sink in, you'll soon be won over by their unusual style.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2005]