Tod Moses & Fujita 5 | Make Your Own Party Hat for the End of the World

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Make Your Own Party Hat for the End of the World

by Tod Moses & Fujita 5

What if you took some Modern Rock, mixed it with Electric Blues, tossed in a chunk of Alt-Country, and then you threw that mixture in a blender and set it to *Whoopass*? This is it so, strap in and hang on as you Enter The Whirlwind.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Too Many Paintings
2:25 $0.89
2. End of Time
4:08 $0.89
3. Wanting You
3:06 $0.89
4. Slither
3:10 $0.89
5. Kicking the Can
4:03 $0.89
6. Another Man's Bitch
3:50 $0.89
7. Ants
4:12 $0.89
8. If Only I Could Cry
4:12 $0.89
9. I Zombie
3:52 $0.89
10. Raca
4:15 $0.89
11. Eat, Drink and Be Merry
3:06 $0.89
12. Clara, She Smiles
3:59 $0.89
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Album Notes
*Tod Moses & Fujita 5* musical style blends Blues, Modern Rock, Alt-Country, Funk and more with lyrics that are cathartic and poetic. This trio brings raw power to their performance and leaves you a different person for the experience.

As the front man for the Vermont and New Hampshire based "Ya Know? THAT BAND", Tod Moses has been rockin' the house with his own brand of Rock-n-Roll-n-Rhythm-n-Blues. Now with the new band 'Fujita 5' - with Chris Whitehouse on drums and Paul Moses on bass - Tod sets out on a return to his Rock Roots, with a distinctively modern - yet organic - edge.

Members: Tod Moses * Guitar & Lead Vocals, Chris Whitehouse * Drums & Backing Vocals, Paul Moses * Bass & Backing Vocals

Location: The Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire
Artists We Also Like: Jack White, The Black Keys, Southern Culture On The Skids, Them Crooked Vultures, T Rex, John Hiatt, CCR and Led Zeppelin.

Influences: From early Memphis Blues to Memphis Soul. Take a right turn at anything funky - from James Brown and PFunk to Jamiroquai and GLove. Don't forget to add in a healthy dose of Country. Not the stuff you hear on Country Radio but more like Cash and Willie. Add to this a profound need to rock with influences from British Blues of the late 60s to Minimalist Post-Millennial Rock. Like most of our heroes, we are fans first. We like to think of ourselves as musical sponges. While we have crafted what we believe is a pretty unique style of our own, there is not a damned thing that we did not learn from the greats who went before us.

About the Songs:

Too Many Paintings - This was the first song written for this album and is more or less the cornerstone of the Fujita 5 sound. It was the first song that Tod ever wrote on slide guitar. The concept came to him as he was talking to a friend who in trying desperately to get her mate to get "more culture" decided that "The Antiques Road Show" and going antiquing together might be a good place to start. It worked... Too Well. The next thing you know, her guy has filled up the house with cheap art bought at estate sales, hoping to turn a profit. At this point in the conversation she says "I don't know how to stop it, now we have too many paintings". That just sounded like a song title and a great analogy for the complicated issues of a long term relationship. The song idea then sort of took on a life of its own, having little to do with the phrase from an everyday conversation that inspired it. Here is a dirty little secret about song writing - That's how a LOT of songs are written.

End Of Time - Musically, this is sort of our idea of what would happen if James Brown and The Red Hot Chili Peppers had a love child. Inspired by yet another failed prediction of the end of the world on 12/12/12, we thought... seriously? Well, if this really is 'it', then let's go down with a smile on. So put on your tinfoil hat, baby cause we're still alive and kickin'. You can tell that by the massive funk groove laid down by Paul Moses on bass and Chris Whitehouse on drums.

Wanting You - This track brings us back into that Swampy Southern frame of mind, with a wicked backbeat and a guitar riff that sounds like it was dredged right off the bottom of the Mississippi River (or maybe the Connecticut, who knows) but with a more aggressive attitude. A song about a man who just can't stay clear of that woman. The wrong woman - but it always seems so right at the time. And who can't relate to that?

Slither - Another tune born of Tod's new obsession with slide guitar. Let's just call it what it is, shall we? A song of Wanton Lust. (See Wanting You description). What's more Rock n Roll than sex? Did you know that before the term Rock and Roll was used to describe a music form, it was African American slang for Sex? I think the founding fathers of Rock n Roll would be proud. I wonder if we can get this on to The Ed Sullivan Show?

Kicking The Can - Yep, this is the political song of the album but don't worry, it's "bipartisan". They're all douche bags. Here we get the first full taste of what Tod calls 'Electro-Scat", combining jazz/blues scat singing tradition with specialized vocal effects. When we started out to do a three piece band, we got to wondering how we could cover more sonic space with just three people. Tod thought this would be a good opportunity to do something unique using his wide vocal range as another instrument, sometimes adding to and sometimes in replacement of the lead guitar. And 'Electro-Scat' was born.

Another Man's Bitch - Possibly the hardest rocking and certainly the darkest song on the album and in Tod's songwriting career. With a slide solo in combination with 'Electro-Scat' to create a disquieting bridge, unlike anything you have ever heard before. Controversial? Yes, but it's not what you think. This song is written from the perspective of a man who doesn't want to be just another guy who treats his woman like dirt. "If that's a scratch you've got to itch, then you can be another man's bitch"... Because you sure ain't gonna be mine.

Ants - See if you can hear the story being told with the beginning and ending foley effects. 'Ants' may be the purest three piece band song on the album. It was also one of the first songs written for this project. You could call it political but it's really more social. Growing up in the "Industrial Midwest", Tod saw up close, how people put all their hopes and dreams into that factory job that would take them "from cradle to grave" with all of their needs taken care of, only to watch so many of those jobs leave those who counted on them in despair. But it's also about the "group think" mentality that grips the American culture in these turbulent times. The song only asks one thing "Think for yourself".

If Only I Could Cry - The mellower Pop song of the album but that's only the music. We continue in the theme of real people struggling with real problems, as our lead character tries to "let loose of the anchor that holds her to the terrestrial plain", only to find that she might have to learn how to feel again before she can fly.

I Zombie - is another post-apocalyptic dance party tune, in the tradition of 'End Of Time', bringing together the old school 'Post Punk Power Pop' of acts like 'The Talking Heads' with the raw aggression that is essential 'Fujita 5' but with tongue planted ever so slightly in cheek. However, the dual meaning of the lyrics suggests that there is more than one way to be among the living dead. Either way, you might as well through a party because they can't kill you when you're already dead.

Raca - is an Old Testament word who's complete meaning is uncertain but it must have meant something in the area of 'Drop Dead, You Pig!' because Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount said that anybody who used that word was already guilty of murder in their heart. The context for this song is from a passage written by Carl Jung saying "That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ -- all these are undoubtedly great virtues..." But if "I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then?... "we say to the brother within us "Raca," and condemn and rage against ourselves." This is that song of self-condemnation and rage that in any given moment, we all lean towards. Where else but in a Tod Moses song, will you get Jesus, Gandhi and Jung all referenced in a Heavy Metal tune?

Eat, Drink and Be Merry - In a way, this song is an answer to 'Raca'. "It's not as fatalistic as it just might appear". This Alt-Country foot stomper delivers the message to "lighten up a little, add some joy into your life" If you have begun to sense a theme here you are right, and that theme is probably best summed up with the lyrics to this song. Life is short so soldier on passed the pain and take hold of whatever joy life brings you.

Clara, She Smiles - It might seem odd to end this album with a slow love song but there is always light at the end of that tunnel and sometimes that light is found in a smile. This song could be at home on a Country, Pop or Rock album but here we find it finishing out this set of cathartic songs about the trials and hardships of everyday life and the coldness of a once great culture perhaps breathing it's last. Like so many of our days, 'Clara, She Smiles' starts with the cold of Winter but ends with the light brought by the smile of one we love, that can somehow "Chase the dark away".



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