Like the guardian lion that graces the cover of their debut album, Bafoodus has a powerful and commanding presence in the Boone music scene.
Releasing “Bafoodus” on Sept. 15, the Boone-based band can now reach ears beyond King Street.
Guitarist Andy Page, singer and bassist Scott Haynes, keyboardist Mike Runyon and drummer Ryan Lassiter have been funking up the High Country for more than five years.
Fans will be undoubtedly pleased when they finally get their hands on some hard music. “Bafoodus” delivers over an hour of infectious grooves of Bafoodus’ unique jazz fusion sound.
Bafoodus is known for their lively performances of off-the-wall, sometimes creepy songs over the past several years; those songs transfer well to record. Not afraid to delve in the strange, “Bafoodus” has weird organ-centric instrumentals and runs through such topics as exotic dancers and homicide.
The first distinguishable aspect of “Bafoodus” is the amazing musicianship of the band. Individually, each member has amazing prowess of his instrument. Collectively, they’re a delectable musical freak show.
As the ringleader of the instrumentals, Runyon’s fingers move wildly across the keys in “Creepy Organ Tune,” eliciting music that could have come straight out of Transylvania. Page plays off him on in this and the other instrumentals, creating a dynamic sound that is a central vein of the album.
Haynes’ uncommon voice, pitched higher than most singers, complements the already bizarre but intriguing music. The lyrics he emits are yet another of Bafoodus’ qualities that make them one of the more compelling bands in the Boone area.
Page pens words describing colorful subjects, starting out with “Sunshine Ladies,” aka strippers, in the opening song. Another standout lyrical moment later in the album is “Doubleflusher.” The hilarious ode to an extended trip to the restroom that required one to “jiggle the handle two times” is, perhaps, a gross topic for a song, but it’s approached cleverly. Anyone who is disgusted by it is probably a little too smug, anyway.
Embracing their creep factor, Bafoodus placed three songs on their album that revolve around murderous activities. They’re not alone in this fascination; many people are stirred by circumstances surrounding the act, as proven by the popularity of murder-mystery television shows. Writing about it makes for a riveting song like “Letter From Ted,” which is presented from the perspective of Ted Bundy.
“Bafoodus” isn’t all freak; they do have less strange moments, offering a counterbalance to the illicit activities and bathroom talk. Those with an aversion to strange will find several approachable songs on the album, including some about relationships and “Olive Street,” a heartfelt song dedicated to lost family members.
“Bafoodus” is not for those who take life too seriously. The band is unconventional, as is its music. Five years after their first performances, Bafoodus is still one of the most refreshing acts of the High Country music scene. With the release of an album, they can now breathe new life into their fans’ music collections.
Bafoodus will be playing a CD release party Sept. 15 at Boone Saloon, located at 489 W. King St. in Boone. After Sept. 15, “Bafoodus” will be available at Fat Cats and 641 RPM in Boone, in addition to other outlets.
For more on Bafoodus, visit http://www.myspace.com/bafoodus.