16 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Fergus & Geronimo

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, home of the similarly slack lo-fi groups Wavves, Woods, and Blank Dogs. After relocating to Brooklyn, the duo put together a live touring band with rotating musicians, and Kelly and Savage went back to recording as a two-piece for their first full-length in 2010. Unlearn was released by Hardly Art in January of 2011. Funky Was the State of Affairs followed in the summer of 2012. The group's second full-length was a concept album loosely based on a fictional intergalactic dating service, and swung stylistically from Devo-informed punk to shimmery disco grooves. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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