Pirate Fridays is a band out of Saskatoon with a sound I'm still trying to put a reasonable label on.
Money But Monsters and Monsters are examples of songs which really mash several styles together into something which still works musically. There are strong pop and electronica elements as a foundation, although you get a little dash of Celtic somewhere in the undertones, and the band itself has tagged itself folk / hip hop on its MySpace page and that sort of fits too. (www.myspace.com/piratefridays)
Then we hit Aquaphonix and hip hop clearly takes the lead, although they sprinkle a dash of jazz into the mix.
The lyrics of Aquaphonix are interesting, and a long way from the suggestion of folk the band makes.
If it sounds like Pirate Fridays is all over the board on this seven-song debut, you'd be partly correct. The band certainly pulls from a lot of different musical covers, yet they do mange to keep it a cohesive effort.
In general terms I sense some Captain Tractor / Arrogant Worms musical mentality here, albeit less Celtic and more pop / hip hop at its heart.
The sound while, not completely unique, I doubt any music truly deserves that label anymore, is still quite different. For that alone Pirate Fridays is worth a listen.
This isn't going to blow to the top of any chart, with the possible exception of some college stations, but it's still a rather refreshing musical effort.
Check them out of MySpace and Facebook.
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 5, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada