Musically speaking, 2008 was excellent in terms of the fact that damn near every one of my favorite bands (or off-shoots thereof) put out something for my hungry ears. Saxophonist extraordinaire Dana Colley of Morphine fame formed yet another band, this time with the sultry Monique Oritz and the possibly humid Larry Dersch.
Their debut, Happiness, is a kick-ass piece of moody mood music. Monique has the kind of throaty vocals that would make an 90-year-old blues singer sound high pitched, as her time in Bourbon Princess proved. Colley plays the sax more in the place of the lead guitar here, creating an interesting sound that’s even more catchy live. Dersch provides a steady backdrop for it all, with snakey percussing throughout.
And let us never forget that time when I wrote about my misunderstanding with Mr. Colley at their show at the Red and the Black, which prompted him to write us with his side of the story, proving that even the world’s greatest saxophonists read Les Enfants Terribles. And there’s a lesson there for all of us, isn’t there, kids?
mp3: Spanish Fly (link expired)