Fez Club


2008 release. This is the third release from Figli Di Madre Ignota, a band from Milan, Italy who play an energetic mix of Balkan music, evil polkas, and klezmer with a twist. Mean swings and breathless tarantellas are all made up with surf guitars and a compelling horn section. Beginning in the late '90s, they found a natural inspiration in Balkan brass bands and klezmer melodies, and like every good self-declared rootless artist, they picked up the spirit of the dance-or-die and mixed it with a powerful rock combo. The Italian side of Figli draws its inspiration from roots music of their homeland -- music that was played live for the people to dance to -- humorous, funny, and at the same time cool and exciting. Their Balkan side adds spice and powerful brass winds. The occasional sevdah and longing in their timbre unites both cultures. Fez Club contains a cover of the '80s hit single "Paradise," produced by and played with the famous Sicilian trumpeter Roy Paci (Aretuska, Manu Chao, Radio Bemba, Mau Mau, etc.). Fez Club also features a collaboration with Circus Contraption, a dark circus band from Seattle, as well as with Italy's acclaimed parody theater company, Banda Osiris. Their songs here mix different languages (Serbian, English) besides the Italian used by the band. "Figli di madre ignota" literally means "unknown mother's sons," which used to be the legal term in Italy for orphans of women who couldn't or didn't want to recognize them. Such a proud bastard is Italian powerhouse Figli Di Madre Ignota. It's music to dance to wildly to -- a Balkan brass section playing with a cool rock band, ready to make any monkey dance. Figli Di Madre Ignota ask the question, "can a bunch of nutty people raised on fog, pasta and hoaxes in Northern Italy play klezmer/Balkan/polka/swing without having to disown aglio e olio e peperoncino spaghetti?" Listen and find out. Includes two bonus videos, including the video for "Paradise," directed by Cosimo Alemà, already on rotation on MTV Italy and MTV Turkey.