Here comes another post from the road. This time I’m mixed up in the hustle and bustle that is beautiful Des Moines, IA. Don’t laugh too hard, I’m actually from here. Turns out so are two members of the Chicago ballroom rock quartet, Blah Blah Blah. The fact that I’m former high school classmates with both Solomon Moss (vocals, lead guitar) and Philip Ferguson (keys, guitar) is really inconsequential with regards to why I wanted to craft a post on their group. The truth is I genuinely enjoy their material and have listened to certain tracks from their debut EP Charm upwards of 20 plus times. Thanks iTunes play counter.
I needed a proper reason to promote their talents, and now I have one. “Why Am I The Only One Laughing?” is the first single off their forthcoming EP, Thank You Thank You. It has more teeth than other such songs as “They Run To You” from Charm, but the one overwhelming consistency in both is the uniqueness and soothing quality of Moss’ voice. No matter which pace or direction the band’s instrumentals take, Solomon finds a way to effortlessly coat each track with a calming vocal wave. From this you get danceable music wrapped in a blanket a vulnerability.
The group is anchored by Stico Vondrake on bass and Dario Arcos behind the drums. Collectively they pull influences from a wide swath of artists that includes Frank Sinatra, The Cure, Portishead, J-Dilla and Radiohead. In 2010 Blah Blah Blah was voted one of the Chicago Tribune’s next bands on the verge of breaking big time, based on their current catalogue of work I think it’s easy to see why.
Sample their tunes below, read more for the video to “Why Am I The Only One Laughing?”. You can download Charm on iTunes here.