Ask the Passionistas and they'll probably tell you they're the best band in the world. "They play the way 'musicians' can't," wrote Kelley Stoltz the very first time he ever saw the Passionistas live. He meant it as a compliment, hitting on just what it is that makes this San Francisco band so engaging. The strength of the band lies very much in the confidence and passion with which they play. The Passionistas live show can veer from energetic punk to the avant garde. There's a self-imposed lack of discipline in their playing style that makes it so interesting - as if they're playing each song for the very first time. Their debut God's Boat - produced by Stoltz - retains this same spontaneous energy.
Comparisons to Television Personalities and Gravy Train have been made - but you'd be more likely to find Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and Lil Wayne on each member's respective iPods. With a series of high profile shows lined up, the band is spending less time practicing and more time painting, recording rap mixtapes and starring in a series of popular YouTube videos, while letting their label boss document their every move. Their sound may resemble obscure garage rock bands of the past, but their recording philosophy and internet-savvy ways may just make them the band of the future.
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