let’s Talk about Me...
I’m much more interesting than you, goes the opening track on Hot Club Sandwich’s seminal album Café Matrix. If you like driving around New Zealand and you don’t yet have this CD, order one this instant and it will entertain you for hours. I played it at least 20 times on this issue’s trip to Rotorua. Even my nine-year-old knows all the words and loves singing, “I hear you’re doing famously at whatever it is you do”.
Guitarist and composer Andrew London has much fun putting life’s irritations to music. What makes it work is that he and his band are so accomplished musically, that even if you aren’t interested in why we only ever get one chocolate fish at a café, you will be able to appreciate the jazz chords that accompany it.
My favourite track is the first, Let’s talk about me. We all have a friend like this one. The person who is so much more successful that we are, talks about all his or her accomplishments and contacts ad nauseam, but never once asks what we are doing. The best line in the song is:
Me? I’m just fantastic; well the Prozac helps talking… Shall we talk about me?! Other favourites include the Coffee Song, “Why do they put my latte in a glass?”, the Wedding Song about being a wedding band, “It’s a special day for you, for us I think it’s number 802” and Appliances about a couple’s effort to spice up their relationship (and no not that type of appliance before you get too excited) “We buy appliances, they’re so shiny when they’re new”.
I contacted Andrew to see if Café Matrix is still available and good news, it is. He sent me these details about how to order it.
Cafe Matrix is available digitally from CDbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ hotclubs6
or from the NZ Amplifier site http://www. amplifier.co.nz/release/28910/cafe-matrix. html
or email Terry at email@example.com for a hard copy.
Andrew also told me that he is playing now with the Andrew London Trio predominantly and they have just put out their debut album which includes some new songs and some Hot Club Sandwich reworks. He reckons I’ll appreciate, I’d Never Let My Daughter Out With Frank Sinatra. Happy listening.