Sunday, July 6, 2008

Jeremy Fisher Could Be Your Cigarette

Jeremy Fisher
Goodbye Blue Monday
Remind Me (Single)
Wind-up Records
Five tablespoons of Bosco

One of the great things about traveling around the country as I have the past week (and into this week) is that you are exposed to different types of music. For instance, Canadian-based Jeremy Fisher was opening for OAR while I was in Phoenix last Saturday. I have to say I was quite simply blown away.

It's easy to make a snap comparison of Fisher's work to that of Paul Simon due to his voice. But I heard a lot of influences in his music. It's a wonderful mix of pop, folk, and rock and he makes it his own unique sound.

Fisher has been getting some attention recently due to a creative video promoting his song "Cigarette" off his latest album Goodbye Blue Monday. The video has received over 2 million hits on Youtube so far. "Cigarette" is a great example of a constant theme running through his lyrics. Songs about the tricky business of relationships. This song is about the addictive nature of relationships as he says..."For good or bad i'm just your habit".

Try not to sing along with songs like "Scars that Never Heals", "Lay Down" and "American Girls". I couldn't help it from the very first listen.

You also have to like a guy who a while back toured Canada going from concert to concert on his bicycle for six months. The tour was dubbed "One Less Tour Bus".

Fisher plays at the Organic Island Festival in Victoria, BC this weekend and will be back in America on Aug. 16 in Akron, OH at Lock 3 and Aug. 17 at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, PA.

By Allen Bacon, Editor, The Daily Bosco

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