While The Blue Olives are big in many ways–number of performers, amount of live performances under their belt, type of venues–the most important is their sound. Pimento Project is a pretty good example.
The band is led by huge, confident vocals that still retain a surprising amount of nuanced clarity. The instrumentalists provide solid support to the vocals, and really give the record a freshness that sets them apart from many other blues bands of today. Organ plays prominently throughout the EP, and squealing horns add an element of playfulness.
The subject matter is equally as lighthearted, highlighting happy relationships as well as (on one track) a thorough description of the cast of Gilligan’s Island. The EP is a hodgepodge of lyrical trappings, to be sure, but at least it’s a fun one.
Pimento Project is a substantial effort from a substantial band. It’s fresh, fun, and totally funky. The band did a pretty great job, and I’d like to see where the future takes them. Not to mention, “I’d rather have mac ‘n cheese with you than fillet mignon alone” is simply a killer line.
The Review: 8.5/10
The Big Hit
– See You Smile
Review by Tyler Quiring