Chelsey Louise – vocals/keys, Robert Ciuca – guitar, Ben Foos – bass, Matthew Foos – drums.
What is Fairy Bones? It’s an interesting question for me. They seem to be a band that is hard to define at times. At moments they resemble a pop punk, almost “Paramore-esque”, rock outfit. Other times they sounds like a female led version of The Who. There’s elements of the 60s, the 70s, 80s, and 90s. One thing is for sure, it’s rock. The idea “Rock” music can sound so generic in an era of music that has become obsessed with sub-genrezation. Distorted guitars, splashy drums, bouncy bass lines, belted melodies…these are all elements I associate with “rock music”. Fairy Bones embodies all of those qualities. That’s not to say there isn’t more there, but no band in Phoenix “rocks” quite like Fairy Bones.
Dramabot is the first full length album by Fairy Bones. Produced by Bob Hoag, Dramabot sets out to define the undefined. The production is crisp. Trademark Bob-Drum sound (reverb), lots of tambourine, and dramatic vocals. Everything gridded out and perfectly in time. It sounds like a Bob album, which is about as good as an album recorded in AZ can sound, although I can’t help but wonder what this band would sound like with a lower fidelity recording. When I see Fairy Bones live, the most interesting parts were the elements that leaned a little towards 70s punk. This album was recorded and mixed more like a 90s grunge album. Loud drums, distorted guitar, and dynamic arrangements. I would like to see what someone like Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) would do with a Fairy Bones track. Paul recently produced a Burning of Rome album, who will support Fairy Bones at the release of Dramabot, January 31 at the Rogue Bar. But, I digress. This album sounds good, and that’s what matters.