Saturday, May 15th, 2010
CONTEST – Fyfe Dangerfield @ The El Mocambo – May 23, 2010
fyfedangerfield.comI had always thought of The Guillemots as being a sort of overly-quirky, art-rock band – an opinion that was, apparently, not based in anything factual – at least if a listen to their MySpace is any indication. Because what they’ve got streaming there is big, lush and straight-ahead, anchored and buoyed by the blue-eyed soulful vocals of frontman Fyfe Dangerfield and that reality kind of tosses what I was initially going to write out the window. Which is that while singers will often take a break from their main gigs in order to do something odder, Dangerfield (a great name that I briefly made even greater by mis-typing as “Dangerfiend” but I digress) had to go solo to do something more mainstream.
So from my barely-informed POV, his solo debut Fly Yellow Moon doesn’t sound a lot different from the MySpace face of The Guillemots, which is to say quite good, the only distinction being perhaps some distinctive production touches from Bernard Butler (cue the strings!) and an advert-ready Billy Joel cover that probably wouldn’t have fit on a Guillemots record (though it’s turned out to be quite the hit for Dangerfield).
Dangerfield is coming to North America next week for a handful of dates, including one at the El Mocambo in Toronto on May 23. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, but courtesy of LiveNationa, I’ve got three pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to see Fyfe Dangerfield” in the subject and your full name in the body and get that in to me before midnight, May 20.
Dangerfield talks to The Sunday Mercury about how the Billy Joel cover came to be.