Dreamers by Lard Dog & The Band of Shy
Welcome to the singular madcap world of the talented fez-attired Lard Dog & The Band of Shy. Lard Dog, who hails from Planet Belopio, is the alter ego of New York-based multi-media artist/cartoonist/musician/songwriter Steven Erdman. Lard is an acronym, by the way, for Life’s A Real Dream.
Dreamers eleven original songs combine masterful wordplay, absurdist humor, with a highly skilled almost surreal musical approach, as the Picasso-esque cover suggests. The album opens with the uplifting, confidence-building title track, which mixes ska, calypso and rock steady into an infectious dance mix. “I Like” is a horn-infused, crazy duet between Lard Dog and singer Kendy Gable (aka Honeybabe Lucky Feather) that sets a very un-Julie-Andrews-like list of favorite things to song. Confronting one’s fears is playfully explored in “Don’t Let the Boogah Bug You Out,” while “Rock in the Rockefeller,” condenses the saga of Diego Rivera’s ill-fated Man at the Crossroads mural into three minutes of pure fun. Lard Dog shows he can slow down the pace, and add some lovely melodies, as in the tropical “The Kimbaloo,” and the fiddle-assisted jazz swing of “Take the Road.” The band switches into hoe-down mode for the sing-a-long “Honey Bunny Song,” and becomes all mop-topped for “Who’s Your Favorite Beatle?” Spike Lee and Boris Karloff are somehow evoked in the irrational “Colander Sun,” and “Have A Good Day” celebrates this favorite catch phrase with a Mardi Gras arrangement. The album closes with an entertaining ode to New York’s architectural marvels in the P.D.Q. Bach-like “Ode to Flatiron.”
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.