Friskies - Sun Ripper Moon Tripper - New LP
Instrumental. Sort of a mix of latin-spiced funk and acid rock, but if I heard that description, I'd be thinking of something else. This is repetitive and playful yet somehow a bit reflective. In the mid 1970s, when rock bands were sticking with the rock instruments but exploring funk, they sometimes sounded something like this. At the same, bands were playing funk fusion, and this owes something that as well. And if this is supposed to be about the lives and thoughts of cats, they succeeded.
Friskies didn’t set out to be a cat-centric band (or to openly invite copyright infringement), it just happened. A handful of fruitful jam sessions between drummer Papi Fimbres and guitarist Matt Dabrowiak yielded dozens of intriguing ideas. In need of a naming system more helpful than ‘Idea 1’ and ‘Idea 2’, Matt turned to the Friskies Online Cat Name Generator for help. Soon this was a real band with real songs with names like ‘Yolanda’ and ‘Pengui’ (sic). Before long a cute tomcat named Jake Hershman was sniffing around, interested in playing bass. With a sound that alternates between ‘stalking a grasshopper’ and ‘scurrying on a hardwood floor’, Friskies is here to stay! (please don’t sue)
You could say he is kind of a big deal. The ambassador of fun, the heartbeat of a vibrant scene, and quite possibly one of the more interesting men in the world with or without a Dos Equis. Wearing the title of the busiest musician in Portland year after year, he plays in (as of most recent census data supports) 17 soon to be 18 bands. The most active of these being Máscaras, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Dreckig, Sávila, Boink, Wet Fruit, and Friskies – which is to say just about any night of the week you can catch him playing drums somewhere with someone. Through this tireless dedication to breath life into a community he has sewn his way into the very fabric of our city with thundering tom hits, and precise snare rolls. Any clout he has achieved along the way has been projected externally, to elevate others and build the music scene through inclusivity. We are of course talking about the homie himself, Papi Fimbres.