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Fanfarlo Becoming Fans Of The Road

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Touring North America is “still a novelty” for Britain’s Fanfarlo, which is promoting its debut album, “Reservoir,” with its most extensive run across the pond yet.

“I love it,” says bassist Justin Finch. “All the Wendy’s and Jack In The Box ... we’re really enjoying it.

“We’ve had some crazy times already. We’ve been stuck in the snow so many times, in the mountains and having the car spin out. Our trailer, which is bigger than our van, did try to pull us down a hill in the ice and snow; in the end, the California highway emergency rescue helped us out. We had to cancel a gig (in Reno), but it was quite an adventure.”

The adventure component goes hand-in-hand with Fanfarlo’s music which, under the direction of Swedishborn frontman Simon Balthazar, is a cascade of styles dressed up with instruments such as trumpet, violin, mandolin and accordion. Finch notes that “the songs Simon writes lend themselves to quite orchestrated arrangements,” but he balks at any contention that Fanfarlo’s music is strange.

“I don’t think it’s strange or weird,” Finch, 27, says. “Some of the lyrical elements are kind of strange — far out and spiritual, kind of surreal. But I think the music is very approachable. I’m not sure strange music attracts crowds; I just think strange people go to gigs.”

Fanfarlo and Freelance Whales perform at 9 p.m. Monday (Dec. 14) at the Majestic Cafe, 4130 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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