Five Saturdays – Review

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Five Saturdays Album Art

On the surface the concept seems kind of odd. A successful cover band sets out to write and record five original songs over the course of five successive Saturdays. What business does a cover band have writing and recording original work? I mean, if they are any good, why are they a cover band?

(Disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of Five Saturdays by A Band of Ninjas in exchange for my review. Also, the guy who plays guitar may have bought my frozen yogurt once.)

A Band of Ninjas has been delighting audiences around California’s Monterey Bay for years now. The band is made up of Brian Coehlo (Qway-Low) on vocals and Orion Williams on guitar and background vocals. Their renditions of popular hits from the last couple of decades are worth your time to seek out on YouTube. Or better yet, if you find yourself in the Monterey, CA area, hit up a show.

Their original project, aptly named Five Saturdays, is now available on all the major services. The project was born out of a commitment to their followers to write one original tune a week for five weeks. What came of that is found on Five Saturdays. Of course, a cover band writing and recording original songs is bound to break the rules wherever possible. Therefore, six songs emerged.

Five Saturdays kicks off with the playful but thought provoking Superhuman. That’s followed up with Little Things. Coehlo’s vocals really shine in Little Things. The pace of the lyrics speeds up in spots and Coehlo’s pitch and delivery is spot on. At the midpoint of the album, Don’t Count Me Out demands your ear. Its one of those songs that halfway through, you’ll want to restart and give your full attention. The snappy Disappointed, Kid really showcases A Band of Ninjas. Coehlo and Williams harmonize perfectly and Williams’ guitar can’t be ignored. When you stop and realize that all that sound is coming from one acoustic guitar, you can begin to grasp the level of talent the Ninjas bring to their music.

Speaking of ninjas, their secretive yet deadly nature sparks intrigue and fascination amongst people of all ages. How convenient then that we are privileged to get acquainted with A Band of Ninjas. In the track titled What’s It Like (To be a Ninja), we are treated to an inside look of the life of a Ninja. The sixth and final track is the real gem of the entire project. A Dying Light opens with a haunting bass line that makes you forget there is only an acoustic guitar at work. Coehlo sings with a passion that can only come from someone who is singing a song they’ve lived.

Five Saturdays will leave you wondering why this duo of assassins bothers with cover songs. Pick up the project from the music service of your choice and then catch them at a show. They are known to take requests. Demand these tracks. You won’t be disappointed.

Five Saturdays on iTunes

It’s International Ninja Day!!!

Left Field

Today is International Ninja Day. I partake in International Ninja Day every day but for those that do not here is your excuse to Ninja it up a bit. I’m sure you have not noticed the increase in Ninjaness that has been going on today. That’s successful Ninjaing. Be sure to drop smoke bombs when you are about to leave places and if anyone dares to question if you are Ninja or not….well show them their still beating heart before mystically bring them back to life with a Shinobi Ressurect Spell.

Here are a few sites that may be of help to those wanting to Ninja it up a bit.

How to make a Ninja mask from a t-shirt

How to make a paper shuriken

Ask a Ninja

A Band Of Ninjas

Dishonored – The Drunken Whaler Remix Contest Finalists

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The Dishonored Remix Contest entries are in, and the finalists are listed below. Congratulations to those that made the cut and good job to everyone who entered. As you know Fizmarble entered a track to the contest. You may notice our names are not on the list. That’s because they are not on the list.

  • Eddy Charlton
  • Mayank
  • Chris Williams
  • Kamil Wolter
  • Triune
  • Alex Simescu
  • Kjell Anderson
  • Marcus Banks
  • Robert Robinson
  • Xavier Paciocc

You can listen to our remix of The Drunken Whaler at the link below.

The Drunken Whaler Remix by Fizmarble-A Band of Ninjas

Dishonored – Fizmarble’s “The Drunken Whaler” Remix Submission

Games, Music

Fizmarbler Orion Williams and I have submitted a remix of “The Drunken Whaler” into the Dishonored Remix Contest. Bethesda, CoPilot & Arkane recently made the stems of their version of this song available for use in the remix process and many rose to the occasion including Fizmarble. You can listen to our remix by clicking the link below or even right click and save target as if you would like your own copy. Let us know what you think and if we end up placing in the contest we will let you know.

The Drunken Whaler Remix by Fizmarble-A Band of Ninjas

You can check out the original version of this song in the video below.