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by Save Ferris
 

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In the time-honored fashion of no-nothing record company talent-scouting, Save Ferris, a neo-ska sextet from Orange County, CA, with a female lead singer, was signed by Epic Records in 1997 in the wake of the multi-platinum success of No Doubt, a neo-ska quartet from Orange County, CA, with a female lead singer,

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In the time-honored fashion of no-nothing record company talent-scouting, Save Ferris, a neo-ska sextet from Orange County, CA, with a female lead singer, was signed by Epic Records in 1997 in the wake of the multi-platinum success of No Doubt, a neo-ska quartet from Orange County, CA, with a female lead singer, in 1996. Save Ferris's debut album, It Means Everything, reached the Top 100 bestsellers and sold 300,000 copies in the U.S., paced by a cover of Dexys Midnight Runners' hit "Come on Eileen." On their second album, the group still sounds a lot like No Doubt, with its furious ska rhythms and Monique Powell's throaty vocals and lovelorn lyrics. Powell differs from No Doubt's Gwen Stefani in being somewhat angrier where Stefani seemed more heartbroken on her band's breakthrough hit "Don't Speak." That's a key difference, however. "Mistaken," the lead-off single, is a full-throttle rocker unlikely to open doors for Save Ferris beyond its modern rock radio base, and the only other track on the record that sounds like the sort of song the group needs to build its following is the album-closing ballad "Let Me In." Of course, the success of No Doubt did not mean that America had suddenly developed a love for ska (as record company flacks may have supposed), it meant that an individual song ("Don't Speak") and singer (Stefani) had struck a chord. Save Ferris may yet find its own place, but that is more likely to come through touring than through its records, at least given the ones they've made so far.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886975010226
catalogNumber:
750102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Save Ferris   Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Jim Perkins   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Laura Williams   Violin,Guest Appearance
Simon Warner   Guest Appearance
Howard Gott   Violin,Guest Appearance
Brian Kehew   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
John Travis   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Roger Manning   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Brian Mashburn   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Anthony Gonzales   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Bill Uechi   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Benbow   Guest Appearance
T-Bone Willy   Trombone,Vocals,Group Member
Monique Powell   Vocals,Group Member
Ed Jeffries   Cello,Guest Appearance
Steve Ewing   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jose Castellanos   Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Naomi Fairhurst   Viola,Guest Appearance
DJ Swamp   scratching,Turntables,Guest Appearance
Jay Lafayette   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Pantle   Guest Appearance
Evan Kilbourne   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Alan Meade   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Eric Zamora   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Ahlert   Engineer
Simon Warner   String Arrangements
Christine Wilson   Art Direction
John Travis   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brian Mashburn   Composer,String Arrangements
Bill Uechi   Art Direction,Concept
Richard Benbow   String Arrangements,String Conductor
James Murray   Engineer
Monique Powell   Composer
Geoff Walcha   Engineer
Matt Souther   Engineer
Ed Campwirth   Composer
Tom Newmann   Engineer

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