Skerik is awesome. Just pray that Gabby LaLa doesn't sing. Her playing is great but that voice just kills me.
I don't even think her playing is all that good. Certainly not up to par with the last 2 guitarists he's used.
She's more of a gimmick, IMO. I've seen his solo band in all it's incarnations, and the Fancy Band stuff with Gabby has sounded the thinnest, tone-wise. It might be because she's using the sitar, but that's the gimmick I'm referring to.
Yea, if you were at the 'roo last year, Les and LaLa did a special show on thurday night. It wasn't bad, but Gabby's voice was too much for me. I agree, she is likely only in the band for her theatrics. Nonetheless, no one can out play Les on the bass.
Post by melikecheese on Feb 16, 2006 17:43:00 GMT -5
she's cute though....
IMO, I think they only bands that are gimmicks are bands like boy bands and pop starts just made to make money. Like a vanilla Ice or something. I don't like when people use that word but I am a huge white stripes fan and I got real sick of people who didn't know anything about the band trying to tell me they just had a gimmick...I'm not saying she is a great musician but I think she has an honest desire to be a musician and I give her credit for that. Plus I love the sitar, I wish more bands broke it out.
I've not listened to her much except for a song or two but that was it because I can't stand her voice. I did enjoy her playing very much though when she sat in for a song with The Duo at bonnaroo last year though. Thats really the only time I've sat through her playing.
If anyone wants to hear a sitar player at the top of their game, check out Ravi Shankar, Norah Jones' father. He's been doing it for over 40 years. Your opinion of Gabby's playing might change. Or not. BTW, I love the sitar as an instrument, so that's not the reason for my opinion about her addiditon to the Fancy Band. But to each his/her own. It certainly won't stop me from seeing Les. He could have 20 screeching monkeys and a man drumming on a garbage can and i'd still be up front yelling "Girls for single men!!!!"
Post by Lucid Interval on Feb 18, 2006 14:56:32 GMT -5
we'll all get a chance to see Les rip it up with Oysterhead so if he does something a little more abstract with the other band we'll still have our classic Les fix, plus whatever madness he drops on us this year. Last year was... interesting, i just wish Les had jammed a little more on the upright bass, he seemed to give her the spotlight. Im kind of indifferent to Gabby La La i still dunno what to think, maybe this year will sway me.
Post by ziggyandthemonkeys on Feb 20, 2006 0:05:34 GMT -5
i have a few fancieband shows on my computer and theyr pretty good. I dont know all of les's band's songs, but a lot from what i can tell are from his previous stuff. The two shows i have are pretty good to listen to.
Post by somwherbtween on Feb 23, 2006 0:25:43 GMT -5
just to clear anything up, it is definitely Les and his Fancy Band playing Roo. Its on his website. www.lesclaypool.com/news/ ... I don't know why the Roo website left it so ambiguous as to who his band would be.
Isn't that kind of the Frog Brigade without Todd Huth and Eenor? The lineup's changed, but I think this looks more like a guitarless brigade than a new band. But maybe the difference is in the songs they play? I guess I'l just have to wait and see...
Post by ziggyandthemonkeys on Feb 23, 2006 22:19:46 GMT -5
Heres a set list from one of their shows: Up on the roof shine on you crazy diamond buzzards of greenhill long in the tooth precipitation calling kyle highball with the devil cohibas esplenditos eyeball awakening #
They also did a cover of kashmir at high sierra, so a good cover or two should be in store.
Post by somwherbtween on Mar 7, 2006 15:28:40 GMT -5
^ Definitely expect a pink floyd cover or maybe even a few from Les, he loves covering Pink Floyd. Ive been looking through the Fancy Band's setlists and they seem to be playing a collaboration of songs from all of Les's previous bands. It's hard to predict what he will play but some of the songs i noticed a lot of repeats of are - David Makalaster I (Frog Briggade), Hendershot (Frog Briggade), Thai Noodles (Bucket of Burning Brains), Big Eyeball in the Sky (Bucket of Burning Brains), Buzzards on Green Hill (Frog Briggade), Highball with the Devil (Holy Mackeral Band), Long in the Tooth (Frog Briggade), Percipitation (Holy Mackeral Band), Girls for Single Men (Frog Briggade), Backpack (not sure maybe a Fancy Band song), Whamola (Frog Briggade), he does a great cover of Shine on You Crazy Diamond that he plays at a lot of his shows, and I am sure we can expect between 1/3 to 1/2 of his songs to come from his new album being released in may.
Post by deadhead61088 on Mar 7, 2006 16:22:53 GMT -5
I may get slammed in the butthole for saying this, but I'm not too keen on most of Claypool's side projects. They all have a similar sound, as Claypool simply dominates all of them. Other than the instrumentation, there is almost no sonic difference between the fancy band, frog bergade, the stuff off High Ball with the Devil, and lots of other jibber jabber. I hope Les puts together a new band, more along the Bernie Bucket, or Oystethead line, with players who can actually compensate for his monsterous grooves, and even add a little bit to the mix.
Post by somwherbtween on Mar 7, 2006 16:52:08 GMT -5
Well i'm not going to slam you too hard or anything and i'll definitely stay away from your "butthole" as you so eligantly put it. I think Les is amazing and if you give each project a chance you will notice a difference. And I hate to burst your bubble dude but The Fancy Band is the band he is playing with at Roo besides Oysterhead. I am sure he will put together a new band in the future but don't expect him to want to change his style of playing. What you are saying is just like saying any band you like has a bunch of different albums that sound similar and that upsets you. Les doesnt have one band that puts out similar albums, he has many different side projects and its his style of music so obviously they are going to sound somewhat similar.
Post by deadhead61088 on Mar 7, 2006 19:46:43 GMT -5
I'm not expecting Claypool to change, hell, I love a damn good chunck of the man's music. My argument is that Claypool's music is at its most exciting when he has a side band that can really play. Groups like the Fancy Band, while the music is good, simply don't bubble with the creativity or energy of a group like The Bernie Bucket, or Primus, because the music is so Les-centric that there isn't as much of a chance for some one to really push the music into the stratosphere. When there is a real band dynamic, Claypool's virtuosity has a tendancy to really drive the bus, instead of being the bus.
Post by somwherbtween on Mar 7, 2006 20:55:20 GMT -5
^ I'm totally with you on your preference of Les music. I would much rather see Oysterhead, Primus, Bucket of Burnie Brains, than the Fancy Band or Frog Briggade. I still don't mind the "Les Show". So what is he going to do, give us both. Oysterhead and the "Les Show" (Fancy Band). With all of the people at Bonnaroo to collaborate with I imagine that some guests will come on to make the Fancy Band a little Less Les oriented. And there is still the possibility of a Buckethead announcement which would be such good news because there is no way he would stay off of Les' stage and Les off of his.