Pleased to Meet You
Ten seconds into the first track of pleased to meet you by Definitely Gary you know there's something just a bit different about this trio. It's not the heavy, gritty guitars or the savage drums. Nope, it's the flurry of pops and snaps of a manic bass, announcing to the world that it's not content to mind its P's and Q's comfortably nestled almost subliminally in the mix.
Recorded in 2001 at their home studio, it took two years before the state board found these songs sane enough to return to public life. Casey Stansifer is the lunatic behind the glamour-seeking bass riffs, backed amicably by Zack Smith on gruff guitars and Jon Ross on demented drums. Together they weave intricate lines of melody like a big bowl of buttered noodles, making a strange concoction of Jane's Addiction, Frank Zappa and Rush. Oh, and Primus. While the first track, "E7," hits you in the face with massive power chords like Northern Kind on hallucinogens, and "Library Song" begs the listener to read the classics, it wasn't until the story-themed third track, "Crimestory" and the mention of the name "Tommy" that I realized that these blokes have got to be major Primus fans. To that end, while the bass is similar, the guitars are given much more room to be nasty, as evidenced by the instrumental bridge of this song where Black Sabbath makes an ominous overture with crushing and dark power chords.
The songs are appropriately lots of fun, musically and lyrically. There's the story of "Farmer Brown" who boogies down to a swaggering groove, the ultra-silly "boatRide" that picks up where Senator Dillwilly left off, "Rubber Queen" which pays tribute to the "Froggie's Pad" kids show with a driving Zeppelin riff, and the insane meter changes of the instrumental "Longing for Edward" where jazz, funk, rock, and punk all meet for scones and tea. Life and art collide in "Then What?," a hooky song of sexual conquest that, laughingly, lasts only a little over two minutes, and "Mama Loves Meat" will turn you into an instant vegan as the band combines forces to sing the praises of soy.
Although a bassist myself, I've unfortunately found the music of Primus to bore my brain to the point of browsing calculus textbooks. Definitely Gary, however, is much more than two measures of insanely complex bass line repeated ad infinitum. The drumming is first rate and very complex, while the overdriven guitars aggressively fight for their share of the spotlight, all making for a unique and enjoyable listening experience. You'd be crazy not to pick this album up and treat your synapses to a dose of musical therapy.
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Josh Johnson — Comedy at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $10, (260) 456-7005
Vince Gill — Country at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $39.50-$79.50, 424-5665
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Community Orchestra — Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $4-$7, 481-6555
Open Mic Night — Variety at Checkerz Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-0286
Scratch N Sniff 2.0 w/1/4 Kit Kurt — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 6:30-8 p.m., no cover, 432-8966
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Fort Wayne Karaoke — Karaoke at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Fort Wayne Karaoke w/TJ — Variety at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 478-5827
Three Rivers Karaoke w/Rob — at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 485-1038
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41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709