Prizzy Prizzy Please, Green Room Rockers, Eisenhower Field Day

Local’s Only

Thursday, Jan. 31

Last Thursday night, I finally caught up with Bloomington dance-punk four-piece Prizzy Prizzy Please at Local’s Only, and was blown away by their musicianship, energy and thoroughly goofy sense of humor.

Scott drums with rock authority and jazz finesse; Ted’s skillful keyboard work makes a nice counterpoint to lead singer Mark’s rough sax; Bob alternately picks and strums his bass so that you don’t notice that there’s no guitar in the group; and Mark’s vocals are high-strung and silly, delivered with a relaxed self-consciousness that’s rather becoming.

As for the songs themselves, “Too Many T-Shirts” is a fine one, written about an attempt to break the record for most T-shirts worn by any one man. They’re a dish best served live, but you can get an idea of Prizzy’s sound on their most recent self-titled EP, released on Bloomington’s Joyful Noise Records.

Not to neglect the other bands at that show: Lafayette’s Green Room Rockers handle all manner of reggae and ska with equal aplomb, boast two excellent singers (one a crooner, the other a gruff shouter) and have some fun call-and-response numbers in their show.

The local band, Eisenhower Field Day, were what seemed like a straight-ahead rock trio on that night, playing their current set for the last time before a Feb. 29 show at The Underground with Wolfy.

 

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