Sounds come from a singer, a keyboard, a guitar, an upright bass, two trumpets, a trombone, and a drum set. Together they make a jazzy and lounging, but still rocking young group who want to make you dance and sing. Singer and songwriter Scott Klopfenstein has spent years singing backup and blowing his trumpet for popular ska band Reel Big Fish but you wont find any ska on this disc, only his tremendous voice exploring octaves and toughing it through the sad times which he writes about. It isn’t all sad though, there are several upbeat songs to get you swaying.
The debut CD which is titled Better Book Ends is absolutely wonderful in all its diversity. Try out “Stayed Away too Long,” (free for download on their Web site) for a starting glance at the band. The song, which is about a man neglecting his girlfriend, sounds like something that, at its core, could have been written by Ray Charles. Other influences include Tom Waits, John Lennon, and Brian Wilson.
The band has one of the best Web sites out there. It has a pleasurable design once you get past the splash page and once you register the whole site recognizes who you are, not just the message board. Unfortunately Amazon.com does not carry their album yet, but iTunes does, and they have a pay and play deal where if you buy the album from them you’ll get the mp3s immediately and then the CD in the mail a few days later. If you’re at all interested check out Scoot K. on the DVD below where he plays with RBF in a two-hour concert and does the audio commentary which has some very funny moments.
The Littlest Man Band, my friends, is a truly unique band that must be heard to believed. I suppose that statement renders a reviewer pretty useless in most cases, myself included because I don’t have a big basis to which classify the sound. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think.