8 Good Fingers | Sensible Shoes - EP

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Sensible Shoes - EP

by 8 Good Fingers

"Fantastic songs cooked in a retro, power-pop cake. Delicious." - Queen City Mail
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Sensible Shoes
3:21 album only
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2. Susan's Way
3:42 album only
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3. Alone
3:21 album only
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4. Enjoy Sacramento
3:42 album only
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5. Ghost
7:11 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Long Beach, California, has a rich musical life, with a noted history in Hip-Hop (Snoop Dogg) and Ska-Punk (Sublime), but....Power Pop? A phrase coined by Pete Townshend to describe his favorite music, it's a genre defined by singable melodies, rich harmonies, clever lyrics, and prominent guitars. The Knickerbockers, Badfinger, Raspberries, Big Star, Shoes, Nick Lowe, Cheap Trick, REM, all loved and played Power Pop...and now 8 Good Fingers attempts to carry the torch.

The "Sensible Shoes: EP kicks off with the title track (hint: it's not about shoes), a power chord romp augmented with layered vocal harmonies. Next comes the single "Susan's Way", with it's stick-in-your-head hook and singalong chorus (It's Susan's Way or it's no way). The third track, "Alone", is a departure; a devastating synth ballad full of rich Gospel harmonies, lamenting the loss of a young relative to addition....to social media. The track notes that "the more 'friends' she's got, the more she's alone" as the teenager turns more and more inward with every post or 'like'.

Track 4 puts us back in an upbeat mood. "Enjoy Sacramento" is the ultimate kiss-off song, a true story of an ex-girlfriend who snootily packed up and moved to Sacramento ("in a nice apartment near the Capitol dome"). You know Sacramento, where "the weather's perfect" and the "culture's fine". Yeah, right. The joke's on you. Enjoy Sacramento, bitch.

Finally, the album closer, and it's a stunner. Clocking in at 7:11 (the same length as "Hey Jude" , not coincidentally)."Ghost" offers another breakup tale, this one not so light-hearted. The late film director Krzysztof Kieslowski made a beautiful film called "Blue" (part of his "three colors trilogy") in which the three colors of the French flag and their ideals served loosely as themes for the films. "Blue" (symbolizing 'Liberty') featured a young wife and mother (Juliette Binoche) who had just lost her husband and only child in a car accident. Her "liberty", therefore, is emotional, and rather than being uplifting and freeing, was devastating and almost paralyzing.

The song "Ghost", as performed here by 8 Good Fingers, laments a similar deep emotional loss, and the feeling of invisibility that results. The chorus: "I feel like I'm walking, but no; I can't hear my footsteps, I must be Ghost. It seems like we're talking, but no; you're looking right through me, I must be a Ghost.". That pretty much says it all.

The five songs on "Sensible Shoes" were written and performed by 8 Good Fingers in his home studio in Long Beach. Street date for the CD is Friday, February 12, 2016, and is available at Fingerprints in Long Beach, as well as other retail outlets. Look for live shows to support the release.

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