The Josh Farmer Band should be contracted by city council to be Missoula's representative house band. The band operates on the same laid-back level as the majority of our residents and it wouldn't be a bad way to introduce a newcomer to who we are: the chillaxed. Seriously.
"Chillaxed" is a pretty apt description of Josh Farmer and his band's first album, a four song EP full of smooth vibes. Right off the bat, on "Sapphire Eyes," a syncopated piano paves the way for Santana-esque guitar riffs. Farmer's vocals evoke the fluidness of Dispatch's Brad Corrigan. "January Rain" lives up to its name in the droplets of percussion and a reverberated piano, building to a flurry of soloing. "How the Fire Glows" feels like a long, empty street lit only by the cigarette in front of you. Before it ends, the pace picks up, psychedelics kick in and the lights come back up for "Comin' Back Alive," a strong, electric finish.
All that's missing here are stronger lyrics. They aren't weak, but there's also nothing that pops out and gets stuck in your head. It's all about the melody and rhythm, mon.
The Josh Farmer Band plays the Union Club Fri., Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. Free.