Dutch duo @weareFannypack straddle pop and dance flavours with the straight-forward emotion of “Simple”

FANNYPACK, “Simple”

With “Simple”, less is more which allows the Dutch duo Fannypack – Tom Ferro and MC Buju – to focus on vocals and melody that truly work well, with a definite eye on the pop charts.  The song builds beautifully, igniting its story with a knowing vocal, and developing the melody to offer its hook well before the minute mark.  By then, you’re drawn into “Simple” for its duration.  The arrangement is slight and bright, and the vocal conveys a straight-forward emotion that will make you think twice.  “Simple” sounds like a winner to me and remixes might be beneficial for it to make inroads in dance clubs.

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Cool For Cats: “Simple” (EP) by @NightmareAndCat

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NIGHTMARE AND THE CAT, Simple (EP)

On Thursday evening, I was most impressed with the set by L.A.-based rock quintet Nightmare And The Cat as they opened for Neon Trees and Smallpools.  This is a tight band that seems to draw their inspirations from sources too numerous to mention; I’ve read comparisons to The Arcade Fire, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, and other post-90’s performers, but there’s a lot in their roots that seems to stem from rock as classic as The Rolling Stones or David Bowie.  And that’s not too far of a stretch considering that lead members singer Django Stewart and guitarist Samuel Stewart are the offspring of Eurythmics’ David A. Stewart and Bananarama/Shakespear’s Sister’s Siohan Fahey!!  Django has a compelling and natural stage presence which can easily win over an audience.  But Nightmare And The Cat do have the songs that will take them places, and Capitol Records has already made that investment.  “Blackbird Smile”, “Undercover”, and “Goodbye So Many Times” are instantly memorable from their show.  Nightmare And The Cat’s full album Simple is due before the end of July, but in the meantime you can treat yourself to the EP on iTunes and stream it below on Soundcloud.  I’ve also included a clip of them performing “Undercover” from a May broadcast of The David Letterman Show.