I’ve come across Brett Domino (aka musician Rob J. Madin) and side-kick Steven Peavis a few times whilst trawling the web. Usually been compelled to watch their videos start-to-finish; chuckling and foot-tapping as I go; then moving on. Today, I felt compelled to pause for a moment, pen something and share them with anyone who’s been off-planet for a while and not come across them yet. (Given the number of hits their YouTube videos get; I’m guessing I’m a little late on that score; but what the heck…;o)
As I’m sure is their intention, these guys come across as a couple of geeks just musically messin’ about; but sheesh have they got talent! (As the number of hits for the aforementioned videos testifies). In my imagination this pair started out at an early age playing air-, cricket-bat or tennis-racket guitar whilst Clapton blared out of bedroom speakers; before tending more toward the keyboard side of the street and learning how to play. But, truth be told, I actually know nothing of their background; just that they mark another example of geeks on the rise. (Anyone, who knows where these guys are from musically or otherwise, want to enlighten me)?
I’ve yet to see/hear any of their original compositions, tho’ I’m told that they do exist. I’m also told that they had regular guest spots on BBC Radio 1’s Chris Moyles Show (in a little country called England…where Liz II lives). But, on the planetary scale of things, they’re most famous for their YouTube videos. Cover versions of some very popular chart hits; albeit played on some less than conventional musical kit. (Stylophone, keytar, ukulele, theremin, recorder, kazoo, accordion, kalimba and Skoog).
The videos I’ve seen often take the form of medleys, giving you most bang for ya viewing buck. (Oh wait, YouTube’s free). And the common theme, at least for me, is that you wouldn’t normally expect the vocals for any of these tunes to be delivered in a thick Yorkshire accent. For those of you unfamiliar with Yorkshire, think Wallace & Gromit. I wonder if Nick Park would like to produce their next video ;o)
I’m guessing the initial surprise on the vocal accent front, is maybe what made me think of cult TV series Flight of the Conchords. Different continent I know; but similarly quirky performances that I suspect will evoke a similar love or hate it response. I did read somewhere that Brett & Steven have even been featured in Justin Timberlake tweets and on Lady Gaga’s web-site; so I guess that’ll bolster their street cred for some folks out there. At least enuff to warrant one viewing.
Here’s my favorite video (one of the more flashily produced) a Justin Timberlake Medley from the aforementioned video site…
Excuse me, whilst I pop off and pick up my kazoo…;o)