If you’ve been following Sunday Music Spotlight you may have caught on to the fact that I like bands that are unusual in some way. They may be from far-off places, have odd collections of members, or play music that’s outdated, off-kilter, or some kind of mix of genres. In the case of Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club they’ve got a little bit of all of those things going on, so they’re a natural fit for the spotlight. The music they play is a little Tom Waits, a little Squirrel Nut Zippers, a little Otis Redding, and a little circus band. The bands members go by names like Dr. Nebulous, Spicy Mudbug, and Buzz Wilde. And they’re Irish, but don’t worry, they’re nothing like U2.
Some guys take the stage and just look like they were born to lead a band. Gerard Whelan, aka Jerry Fish, is one of those guys. Once he steps on the stage he undeniably owns it. When the band kicks into gear he works the crowd using an instrument that ranges from a Waits-ian growl to a smooth R&B croon. Audiences are kept guessing as the band works through a repertoire that jumps from tender folk ballads to hot jazz dance numbers. The end result is a little disorienting but definitely entertaining.
The band released their second full-length album, The Beautiful Untrue, last April, and it’s a blast from start to finish.
“Hell or Heaven Sent”
“The Hole in the Boat”
“Rogue Melody”, live on a beach