This is the third summer my friend Anna & I have been friends. And ever since the first day I met her she has been majorly obsessed
with a band called Five O'Clock Shadow
(Known by their fans simply as FOCS). I am very open to all new music
. If you like it, I will give it a chance, no questions asked. So I asked her to tell me about FOCS, and the first thing she told me sort of turned me off
"They're an a cappella band."
Eh. Okay. I think some a cappella
can sound BEAUTIFUL... But for some reason, I decided to NOT give them a chance. My loss, though. Eventually I caved in to Anna and heard some of their music. When I heard them I laughed A LOT because clearly Anna didn't know what "a cappella
a cap·pel·la (ä k -p l )
Without instrumental accompaniment.
FOCS used instruments. I pointed this out to her and she laughed at me
because they weren't
using instruments. They were using their voices to mimic
instruments. And they did a damn good job. You'll think you are hearing electric guitars
and electric bass
- but the only thing you are hearing are their voices
. One member performs vocal bass WHILE he is performing vocal drums. And they do it LIVE for thousands of concertgoers every year.
FOCS consists of five members - most with unique names
- Roo, Oren, Stack, Paul & Bill. They originate from Massachussetts but perform all over the East Coast and the rest of the United States
. They've toured Japan
, and will be touring Germany
in the fall. But strangely many people have never heard of them. Their website, www.focs.com, has sound clips
and you can download their Mp3
s off of most file sharing
programs and Mp3.com.
They have released three albums
: "Misfit Toys
", "So There
", and "Wonders of the World
If you are open to new music
, you should definately give FOCS a try. They're not your typical a cappella