Hollywood band Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers have remained a recognizable presence on South Florida's music scene for over a decade. They've released three records, and have a fourth on the way called ¡Socialismo Americano!, due out Thanksgiving week.
For a peek into the upcoming release, Mr. Entertainment (a.k.a. Steve Toth) sent us a couple MP3s including "Center of the Universe" and "The Looker." "Center of the Universe" sounds almost like a slowed-down "Back in the U.S.S.R." (which makes sense considering their album cover is an obvious homage to Sgt. Pepper's) infused with Pink Floyd psychedelia. It's epic yet palatable and poppy. Gritty at times, but with synths floating above, softening the rock. The song will stick in your head for days.
"The Looker" spins psychedelic with touches of classic rock, alternative, hints of Latin rhythms, and vocals that breeze more like an endearing wise guy than growl with angst or soar with ostentation. The song is fun and memorable. Think a more danceable, mainstream Ween or a much cooler, more appealing, eerier, (dare I say smoother?) Rob Thomas during his Santana-collaboration era.
Random details: If you can't deduce from the album cover who the Pookiesmackers are, Toth is dead center with the commie-starred hat. To his right (our left) is Brandon. Next to Brandon is Mahoney (in a red shirt). Above Mahoney is Richard Vergez (wearing sunglasses). Next to Vergez with the long blond hair is Mark Zolezzi. And finally Mike Vullo in the banana suit.
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