Dressed in sharp black and white, with dark sunglasses and rolled sleeves - led by the gray-suited man with the maniac grin and the voice of subtlety, Brian St. John himself - the Brian St. John Quartet shout the shout of underground East Coast cool. Their colorless uniforms reflect the grey skies and drab brick buildings of the famous Asbury Park, in cover art that tips a hat to a tradition of Jersey Shore sound. The album? Their debut - paradoxically and aptly titled In Technicolor. That contrast is only the beginning - the BSJQ is too good for simplicity. As their name indicates, the band boasts four members, all accomplished and talented musicians in their own right and all of whom contribute their artistic sight to the band's cohesive vision. Their front man, Brian St. John, writes most of the group's original material and plays lead guitar and banjo, with occasional harmonica fun. Matt Carlson, an animal drummer who plays like two men, is the group's outstanding percussionist. Jon Irizarry, the colorful pianist of Pegasus Jetpack, contributes with piano and cool bass guitar. Lastly, in a move that puts the BSJQ a class above the bands that play alongside them, they sport Brian Cornish on tenor and alto saxophone. The BSJQ has something to say, they know how to say it - and with an ensemble like that, they can't help but say it splendidly. - Isak Bond.
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