Have you ever licked a unicorn? Have you ever swam with rainbows? Have you ever sneezed glitter? Have you ever had a llama tell you it loves your hairstyle? If you answered yes to one of these questions, please seek medical attention. If you answered yes to all of these questions; then you have been listening to our podcasts and have heard a tune by Jake McKelvie & the Countertops. We have been playing them frequently over the past few weeks. The band is mammothly tremendous.
Jake Mckelvie’s vocals are one part Violent Femmes, four parts part Dead Milkmen, 1/3rd part Flaming Lips and 43 parts chocolate love brownies sprinkles (the last one is not a band but a fabulous food product). The guitar is a jangly romp in a luscious field of marvelous tone. McKelvie has his guitar masterly bouncing between clean and cleansing grit. The bass is on a walking journey that never seems to end and you don’t want it too. Like a stroll with a new love in the woods or a sprint from a bear, the bass possesses your heart and pounds your chest. The drums keep a beat and makes sure you don’t get lost. Innovative and plain, simple and complex, a vanilla ice-cream that perfectly fits in your banana split.
Is it the vocals? Is it the lyrics? Is it the painted pictures on the walls? This band has stolen, captured and bottled my essence and I don’t want to have it back. Is it the passion? No, it’s the shoes… its gotta be the shoes.