CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

June 2007

TEMPO DE NAUGHTY

website
brendan@tempodenaughty.com.au

Judging by the name of the band, I assumed I was about to be confronted by some proggy jazz-rock supplemented with fnar-fnar lyrics. I was completely taken aback by how wonderful the first track 'Lonely River' is. Starting with an acoustic guitar and cymbals, a very appealing vocal by group leader Brendan Flynn draws us in with a haunting melody, building up to a chorus that would make Neil Finn proud. If this song had appeared on the newly "reformed" Crowded House album it would have been the worldwide smash hit it lacked. Well arranged and played, 'Lonely River' has been on top of the charts here lately at Chateau de HAC.

The second song 'When You're A Seed' features lead vocals by Vanessa Baker and sounds like a song that Paul Mac would have done with the wonderful Abby Dobson. Beautiful and cruisy. Lo-fi indie rockers Sydney band Tempo de Naughty are not. The quality of the six tracks are all top shelf and would appeal to the mainstream and less-commercial music lovers (think World Party, Ben Folds or Whitlams). With colourful lyrics and a chorus that sticks in your head, 'Slippery Eel' is a great song that sounds like it came straight out of 1973. Apart from the impeccable songwriting and musicianship, it's the vocal stylings of Brendan Flynn that really make this collection memorable.

There are two things I didn't like about this cd. Firstly, the track 'Jimmy's Lament', all about 'having a gun and being on the run', to these ears, just didn't have the appeal and sense of honesty that the rest of the cd has. The other is the band name. Tempo de Naughty just doesn't suit the style and quality of the music. The bio says Tempo de Naughty was a notation that Fats Waller used to make on his sheet music to describe the speed and attitude he wanted musicians to play with - "two thirds rhythm and one third soul". The potential listener of Tempo de Naughty isn't going to know this and will miss out on some mighty fine music when they flick past this cd on the A-Z pop rack. -ND (disclaimer: previously accused of coining 'crap' band names such as The Kombi Nation and Hippy Dribble)


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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