(Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon, Filthy Thieving Bastards, The Ramshackle Romeos)
Fat Wreck Chords 910
Released on June 10, 2014
UKE-HUNT is ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES vocalist Spike Slawson’s latest cover band extravaganza.
What started as Spike simply learning and arranging some of his favorite classic songs for the ukulele
on his own, eventually evolved into added musicians and a layered patchwork of ukulele, saxophone, glockenspiel,
stylophone, organ, standup bass, and all manner of percussive elements. Obviously, due in no small
part to the instrumentation, this most recent foray into the world of breathing new life into shopworn classics
displays a decidedly different slant than the breakneck tempo of the GIMMES. UKE-HUNT slips into something
a little more comfortable with a lounge/soul vibe that’d be at home in a tiki bar, Elks lodge, rock club, or
on a sunny patio. Spike uses UKE-HUNT as a vehicle to explore a diverse selection of songs and while some
tracks seem to be made for UKE-HUNT, others undergo some astonishing genre-bending to arrive in perfect
harmony with the rest of the album. Of course, the centerpiece of the entire UKE-HUNT experience is Spike’s
enchanting vocal ability, which is on full display in all of its silky splendor from start to finish. So pour yourself
a cocktail and set course for the captivating sounds of UKE-HUNT.