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A weirdly convoluted tale of UFOs, mind control, sexual frustration, and the Roman Empire forms the backstory of Fergus & Geronimo’s sophomore album, Funky Was the State of Affairs. The details of this sci-fi scenario aren’t spelled out so much as alluded to in a series of demented soundclips and short, snappy tunes that blend Frank Zappa–esque absurdity with the jittery abandon of early punk. Fergus (A. Savage) and Geronimo (Jason Kelly) approach this sometimes-cryptic, often-hilarious song cycle with a subversive spirit that undermines the hip sounds of the past 45 years even as it celebrates them. “No Parties” and “Earthling Men” steep in the robotic vibes of ‘80s techno-pop before veering into more unhinged territory. Curveballs abound, like the maniacal saxophone squawks puncturing the slinky beat of “Earthling Women” and the rampant paranoia coursing through the shout-along garage rock of “Off the Map.” The album lives up to its title on its final two tracks, as Fergus & Geronimo slip into righteous grooves with a minimum of snarkiness. Flipped-out, freewheeling, and—yes—genuinely funky.

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Fun summer party record - turn it up!


Genre: Alternative

Named after the rival gang leaders of Irish children from the movie War of the Buttons, Denton, TX duo Fergus & Geronimo balance Mothers of Invention psychedelia, Motown R&B, Nuggets garage, and indie rock influences. Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage met when Kelly started mixing a record for Savage’s band, the Teenage Coolkids. The two started making music on their own in 2008, and put out three singles in 2009, eventually releasing their third outing, Harder Than It's Ever Been, on Woodsist Records,...
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