There is not really even a specific genre for what Joel McKerrow & the Mysterious Few are creating here. It could be called something like acoustic-driven, intimate, folk rock poetry; a mash up of Passenger, Sigur Ros, Daughter sitting beneath passionately delivered spoken word.
Whatever it is Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few are pioneering a unique meeting place of artistic forms through an explosion of poetic verse, impassioned performance, soaring vocals and intricate musicality. The songs/poems (or pongs for short) are both inspiring and moving, attention grabbing and thoughtful, articulate and powerful, in-your-face and under-your-skin. This is not just poetry with a thin musical veneer, this is music perfectly and intentionally woven in with spoken word.
Frontman Joel McKerrow is one of Australia's most successful performance poets having toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, the UK and Europe as well as releasing two previous studio albums, two live albums and two published books. He is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’, was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012), has been invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Arts Centre, the Victorian Parliament House, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (NYC) and he is a TEDx speaker and performer. He has been commended by Canadian performance poet Shane Koyczan as, ‘an exceptional spoken word artist…fiercely political and humane’. And by the Australian National Poetry Slam Champion, Luka Lesson, as, ‘a true leader in Australia's performance poetry scene…A man who can tear a roof down with his performances and bring tears with his subtle eloquence’.
Accompanying the lyricism of this profound poet is a host of musicians at the top of their game. Joel is joined by Melbourne musicians Josh Furhrmeister (guitars, keys), Richelle Boer (vocals and guitars), Jhana Allan (Violin) and Leah Scholes (Percussion).
released April 30, 2015
Produced, engineered and mixed by Joshua Fuhrmeister.
Associate producer Joel McKerrow.
Mastered by Andrew Edgson, Studios 301, Sydney.
Joel McKerrow & the Mysterious Few are…
Words by Joel McKerrow, Richelle Boer and Joshua Fuhrmeister.
Spoken Word by Joel McKerrow.
Female Vocals by Richelle Boer.
Male Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Electronic Programming by Joshua Fuhrmeister.
Percussion and Drums by Leah Scholes.
Violin, Viola and Mandolin by Jhana Allan.
This track as the introduction to the album is phenomenal, it sets a pace which comes and goes with different songs on the album and having this track as the first one to play gets you into that mindset to pay attention to pacing. cchisholm