Name: Random Order
Album: dimples and Anti depressants.
Morgan Doctor Drums & Percussion
John Jowlett Trombone & Gong
S. Lynn Phillips Lead/Backup Vox & Guitar
Leyla Tshongo – Bass Guitar
Violin – Julia “can’t eat” Wedman
Violin – Aisslinn “ace” Nosky
Violoncello Felix “the cat” Deak
I saw this grouping of people at my first Senor Kasio show. They were having inter-instrument sex on stage. Disturbing in a donky-show type of fashion where you’re slightly disgusted, but you can’t look away. And me with my newly acquired super-camera taking picture like mad was the only reason the lead singer came up to me I think. It’s nice to be able to say “Not only am I a horrible photographer, I also review music!” is the reason you, my public, are reading this now.
My iTunes says Random order is Alternative (my internet connection is down whilst I write this, so no myspace cheats for this review!) and it’s definitely an alternate to what I normally listen to. I think calling it Funk would be a safe bet since it swings pretty nicely, Ska too. It’s a happy type of music. Is “Happy” a genre? It should be, considering “Emo” is a genre of music by now.
I think my first comment is going to be due to growing up in the bubblegum pop generation. I keep thinking these songs are endless. My iTunes confirms many of Random Order’s songs are closer to the 5 minute mark, rather than the 3 minute 10 second maximum of radio airplay. Not that I know where one would be able to successfully make any of their songs shorter, but there we have it. I love the fact Random Order has instruments other than the very standard guitar, bass and drums. I think it’s because I love saying “Trombone”
My opinion in where I would listen to Random Order? Live on stage. Their stage show is so awesome it’s definitely a must-see. If you’re confined to listening to CD’s and/or legally procured mp3′s, then I would say at a party. While I’m not entirely convinced a band enjoys hearing they make great background music, Random Order is a band you can easily groove to with a group of people, and is non-offensive enough that it’s safe no matter who walks into your humble abode. After the last comment, is it to risque to say Random Order makes good make-out music? I might have to try that some time soon.